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05/12/13 - Derventio eXcel Open Meet

1st Christmas Cracker Long Course Open Meet 2013 - Licensed Event 1EM3630


The inaugural Derventio eXcel Christmas Cracker Long Course Open Meet will be held at Ponds Forge from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd December 2013.

Warm-up and Session Schedule

Session 1 – warm up 5:30pm for 6.00pm start
Session 2 – warm up 8.00am for 9.00am start
Session 3 – warm up 1.30pm for 2.30pm start
Session 4 – warm up 8.00am for 9.00am start
Session 5 – warm up 1.30pm for 2.30pm start


Ponds Forge International Sports Centre Sheaf Street
S1 2BP

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5/12/13 - Team Manager Training

Team Manager Training - Are You Interested?

WDSC are looking for parents/carers to volunteer as Team Managers, limited training is available in January to make sure volunteers have all the necessary skills and knowledge to undertake this role. You will need to hold a valid DBS (CRB) certificate in order to attend this course (the club can assist you with this). If you are interested in future Team Manager training please see the notice on the WDSC information board.

Date: Monday, 13th January 2014
Time: 7.00pm to 9.30pm
Location: Magnet Centre, Maidenhead

The Team Manager ensures that coaches are supported in their roles at competitions and ensuring WDSC's duty of care for all our swimmers. The Team Manager(s) reports to the Head Coach, Lead Team Manager and Club Secretary.

If you are interested in attending please email by Friday 13th December 2013 to communications@wycombe-swimming.org.uk

06/12/13 - Maxwell Open Meet - Information

Address for anyone not familiar with the location:
Aqua Vale Swimming & Fitness Club
Park Street
HP20 1DX
The Warm Up and Session times are now confirmed as shown below:

Saturday Sessions

Session 1; Warm up: 8.20am Sign in closes at: 8.45am Competition starts: 9.30am
Session 2 Warm up: 1.20pm Sign in closes at: 1.45pm Competition starts at: 2.30pm

Sunday Sessions

Session 1; Warm up: 8.20am Sign in closes at: 8.45am Competition starts: 9.30am
Session 2 Warm up: 1.20pm Sign in closes at: 1.45pm Competition starts at: 2.30pm

Please note: Entry for swimmers and spectators will not be before 7.50am.


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We have 102 Swimmers attending this meet and are looking forward to some great swimming!
30/11/13 - October 2013 Records

October was a busy record breaking month, with swimmers young and older smashing some club records.

New records for Megan Daley - Age 9, Josie Searle - Age 12, Lauren Jones - Age 13, Fiona Shaw - Age 18, and a new Relay Record for the Open Age Group Male 4 * 50m Medley Relay. Swimmers in the relay were Liam Jones, David Godridge, Connor Lewis and Jonny Quainton.

Lots of swimmers got very close to breaking records, including: Luke Thomas, in the 200 Breast (SC), Joshua Howard, in the 100 Breast (SC), Cameron Brooker in the 50 Free (SC), Natasha Garry in the 200 Free (SC), The Men's Team (SC) 4*50 Free Relay, The Women's Team (SC) 4*50 Free Relay, The League Girls' Team (SC) 4*50 Free Relay and The League Boys' Team (SC) 4*50 Free Relay - All were within 1 or 2 seconds of the club records.

Also a number of swimmers had new entries in the All Time Top 10 Listings: Andrew Au, Beth Hirst, Bethany Walford, Christopher Harbour, Christy Sadler, Connor Lewis, Dan Manners, Millie Sansome, Emily Cannon, Ethan Carter, Francine Kidd, Hannah Summers, Henry Clark, Issy Baxter, James Baxter, Jan Poulton, Kate Lees, Kathryn Reid, Kenzie-Leigh Orkney, Lara Reed, Laura Shea, Matthew Penning-Lambert, Matthew Telling, Natasha Moss, Naveesha Karunanayaka, Rachel Cox, Tom Ross, Thomas Sansome, Timur Gulyiyen.

Congratulations to all our Record Breaking Swimmers - the full information can be found on our Club Records Page.

Special Thanks to our Records Secretary - Andrew Allum for this update.

30/11/13 - Windsor Level 2 Open Meet

Information has been sent to swimmers targeting the Windsor Level 2 Open Meet to be held at the Magnet Leisure Centre in Maidenhead on Sat 18th and Sunday 19th January 2014.

This meet has been selected for swimmers in Potential 3 squad and above who are not attending the Portsmouth Northsea Level 1 Meet on 11th & 12th January.

Entry & payment for this meet should be made via Windsor’s online entry system available HERE[http://www.bsbasa.org/WebEntry/MeetEntry.php?Meet=L214]

This is a level 2 meet with minimum qualifying times and the events you are eligible to enter will be shown towards the end of the entry form with a green PB.

Please prioritise the County events you are attempting to qualify for, or improve entry times.

This meet is open for entries now and closes at 12.00 on Saturday 14th December,however I would encourage you enter asap.

If you have any queries, please contact you coach.

30/11/13 - Nationals 2013

Click HERE to see some of the photos from this year's National Championships @ Ponds Forge, Sheffield.
30/11/13 - Warm Weather Training Camp 2014

Invitations have been sent to those swimmers selected as being eligible for attendance at next year's Warm Weather Training Camp.
More details available and pictures from this year's camp HERE
29/11/13 - Christmas Training Schedule 2013

The training Schedule for Christmas 2013 is now available on the Training Times Page. CLICK HERE
29/11/13 - Updated Fixtures for 2013/2014 Season

Visit the Club Calendar Page for the latest Fixtures - Updated CLIK HERE TO GO THERE NOW
23/11/13 - New Officials Course - Judge Level 1

Dear Parents,

If your swimmer enjoys competing at the open competitions and league galas, we have an opportunity for you to get involved and help our club.

When competing at competitions all swimming clubs are expected to take a set number of judges and time keepers. There are times when the squads are attending different venues on the same weekend, with our current number of officials this is becoming increasingly difficult to provide the help requested, and may have an impact on our entry if we cannot provide the cover requested.

Early in January there is a Judge level 1 course being run for parents, (2 hour). This is the first level in judging and comprises of time keeping and judging turns. Training is done poolside at competitions with a mentor.

Please consider your involvement in this, your participation will not be expected at every gala. There are many benefits to being an official; better knowledge of the sport, receive free programmes, entry and refreshments and often get priority car parking.

We are taking names now, so if you have any questions or would like to attend the course in January please contact Sharon Longhurst at officials@wycombe-swimming.org.uk

Many thanks

Sharon Longhurst
(Officials Secretary)

09/11/13 - WDSC Annual Club Presentation Evening

Address for anyone not familiar with the location:
Adams Park
Hillbottom Road
High Wycombe
Bucks HP12 4HJ

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We look forward to seeing you tonight!
08/10/13 - Annual Presentation Evening

Our WDSC annual presentation evening!

Just a few reminders:
Entry is by ticket only (except the few who could not collect but have emailed already)
All swimmers must be accompanied by a responsible parent/guardian
Please remind swimmers that this is a club event so we expect their usual high standard of behaviour - our older swimmers should remember they are role models for younger members of the club

Doors open at 6.30pm for 6.45pm start

We are looking forward to a great evening to recognise the commitment and achievements of our swimmers and of course for everyone to have fun!
09/11/13 - WDSC Annual Club Presentation evening

This year the Club presentation evening will be held on Friday 22nd November 2013 at Adams Park. Ariival will be from 6.30pm for the start of the presentations at 6.45pm.

Following the presentations there will be a Disco. The bar will be available throughout for refreshments, but please note, that there is no food available.

As last year we are required to limit the number attending the event so entry will be controlled by ticket. Tickets are free, but due to the space restrictions will initially be restricted to 1 for each swimmer that took part in the championships plus 1 guest.

Please collect your tickets between the 29th October and 12th November from the club desk on Tuesdays or Saturdays. Tickets not collected by the 12th November will be made available to swimmers who want to bring other family guests.

If you are unable to collect tickets in person or have any other questions please contact communications@wycombe-swimming.org.uk

This is a family event and your children are your responsibility at all times all under 18s should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

This is a great event for swimmers and parents to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our swimmers, every swimmer who took part in the Club Champs receives recognition.

Please note that every swimmer who participated in the Club Championships 2013 will be recognised at this event. We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible
08/10/13 - Annual General Meeting

We will be holding the club's Annual General Meet in the PCT Room at Wycombe Leisure Centre on Tuesday 26th November @ 19:15.

All members of the club have been sent copies of the AGM Notice, which can also be found HERE.

We look forward to seeing as many members as possible at this important meeting.
25/10/13 - WDSC to Host Arena League Rd2 @ The Magnet - Maidenhead

Our club has the pleasure of being asked to host the Arena League.

In order to make this possible we need VOLUNTEERS!

If your child is swimming in Rd 2 (see email) - then please consider if you can help. There are a number fo jobs that need to be done, and most are easy and require no previous experience.
If you can volunteer to help, please email Simon Shaw - Club Secrertary - secretary@wycombe-swimming.org.uk
If you are a trained official and can help - please contact Sharon Longhurst - officials@wycombe-swimming.org.uk

WE REALLY NEED YOUR HELP - please don't wait for someone else to step up - help your club and sign up today!

Thank You!
24/10/13 - Luton Level 1 Long Course Meet 2013

Luton L1 Meet :
Accepted Entries HERE
Rejected Entries HERE

23/10/13 - Policy Reminder / Update - Leaving, Absence and Illness

There are occasions when members decide they no longer want to swim with WDSC (for example they move away or other interests take precedence).

To avoid confusion the committee would like to clarify to all members the procedure for leaving the club.

Fee Payments
A members fees consists of charges for ASA membership, Club membership and Training Fees. Although we allow monthly payments these fees are charged to your account on different basis. ASA and Club fees are charged on joining and subsequently on a per annum basis in January (ASA) and October (Club). Training Fees for squads are charged on a Quarterly Basis in advance of the training. Leaving The club rules require that you written notice to cancel your membership, please do not rely on a conversation between swimmer and coach. Resignations should be addressed to the membership secretary (membership@wycombe-swimming.org.uk). It is important that members transferring to other clubs inform us of the details so we can process the ASA paperwork correctly. ASA memberships transfer and fees are not required to be paid to the new club until the next year.

To avoid being liable for further training fees charged to your account, members should give notice in one month in advance of the next billing date ie (1st January, 1st April, 1st July and 1st October). Otherwise you will be liable for the full fees for the subsequent quarter.

The club on Leaving, Absence and Illness will be published on the website shortly for your reference.


22/10/13 - Crawley Not So Early Bird Meet - Accepted Entries

Accepted Entries for the Crawley - Not So Early Bird Meet are available - CLICK HERE

22/10/13 - Abingdon Meet - Accepted Entries

Accepted Entries for the Abindon January 2014 Meet are available - CLICK HERE

22/10/13 - Half Term Training

Please note the revised training schedule for the October 2013 Half Term is available on the web under Club Info / Training Times.

12/10/13 - BC Meet Volunteers Briefing

Thank you to those of you who responded to the message below and already offered to help - there is always room for more!

Please note that Richard Lundie-Sadd will be giving his Volunteers Briefing on Tuesday evening at 7pm on the balcony (deep-end of pool)

09/10/13 - Club Captains

WDSC are introducing club captain roles to the club. These roles will be decided by swimmer voting and we’re asking all interested swimmers to nominate themselves for “election”.

Four roles need to be filled:

Club Captains Boy & Girl 15 to 19 years
Junior Club Captain Boy & Girl 12 to 14 years

All club members will be given the opportunity to vote for their captains based on the following:
Club Captains – Whole Club
Junior Captains – 14 and under only.

Roles & Responsibilities
1. The club captains report directly to the WDSC Head Coach or a coach who is appointed by the Head Coach to be the lead coach at specific meets/club activities.
2. Once the club captains are given a role, they must fulfil this role in its entirety and not try to ‘swap’ or ‘get out’ of their roles to give them a more favourable position/role.
3. Supporting the Coach/Team Manager at galas/league events through lane support, splits, team cheering or individual athlete assistance
4. Supporting the Coach/Team Manager at open meets/championship events through warm up support, splits, team cheering or individual athlete assistance
5. Be a person that any WDSC swimmer can approach for advice or assistance when necessary
6. Support each of the other Team Captains
7. Club Captains aren’t to be used for any separate roles at the WDSC Open Meets unless the Head Coach agrees for them to be allocated specific responsibilities
8. Club Captains are responsible for leading in the organisation and up keep of the swimmers pool storage area.

Swimmers will receive a WDSC T-shirt at the Club Presentation evening for their period in “office”. The announcement about who has been selected/elected will be made at the presentation evening.

Please complete the nomination slip, if you would like to nominate yourself for the position of club captain. Once complete please post into the green post box outside the coaches’ office. Once nominations are received, election will take place!
02/10/13 - Mailsports - next order date for named WDSC hats

Dear Parents / Members,

If you would like a named WDSC swim hat for your swimmer then please note:


Please call Mailsports on 01628 529206 or visit shop in Bourne End to order your hats before Monday

Cost £8 each

01/10/13 - Maxwell December Meet - Accepted Entries

Confirmed Accepted Entries for the Maxwell December Open Meet - Available Here.

26/09/13 - Changes to Training Schedule Sept & October

Due to the lack of "Boom" and other upcoming events, please note that there have been some ammendments to the training achedule.

Download Full details HERE

23/9/13 - Important Information for Swimmers Attending the Tring Open Meet

Directions to Aqua Vale can be found HERE

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Please note there are limited parking spaces at Aqua Vale swimming pool in Aylesbury if you manage to get one there will be no charge as the ticket machines should be covered please check they are before leaving your car. Alternatively there are parking areas at Tesco and the shops next to the pool but they have a 3 hour limit for free parking. Others parking areas are also not far away.

2. Please ensure all your swimmers have footwear and a t-shirt on when not on poolside especially when going to the marshaling area.

3. Please make sure all swimmers are signed in as sign in closes 5 minutes after warm up starts. Only swimmers may cross there name off and no one elses.

4. Refreshments will be available at the break for all coaches and officials.

5. As there are a lot of younger swimmers we have plenty of helpers who will be in Yellow Tring T-shirts to help them out.
6.No big bags will be allowed poolside, lockers are available for £1 refundable when opened. Small bags will be allowed.

7. Coaches will be allowed poolside just after 1 pm, swimmers will be allowed poolside at 1.15 pm and spectators at 1.30 pm.

8. There is a cafeteria at the venue for spectators to have refreshments.

9. Can all clubs be responsible for picking up any rubbish in there seating area at the end of the gala bin liners will be dotted around the place.

We hope you have a great Open Meet!
19/09/13 - Tring Open Meet - Accepted Entries

Accepted Entries for the Tring Open Meet 5/6 October available HERE

Confirmed Schedule times are also now available HERE

18/9/13 - Maxwell October Meet - Accepted Entries

Accepted Entries for the Maxwell Open Meet 5/6 October available HERE

Confirmed Schedule times are also now available HERE

08/09/13 - Whole Club Meeting

This will be held at St Andrews Church, Hatters Lane, High Wycombe, HP13 7NJ doors open 18:30 for 19:00 start

This is a meeting for the entire club and it is expected that every squad and every member will attend.

In this meeting Kevin Brooks will outline his plans for the club in the new season and talk around some of his key goals and aspirations for the year ahead

Additionally, we will have a presentation by a Nutritionalist, who will talk about "Food for Swimming"

This is a free event, no ticket required
There will also be refreshments and some information booths, covering a Club Information Desk, The wimming Times Magazine, Henley Open Water Swim and a Swim Shop run by Mailsports.

We look forward to seeing every member of the club at this evening!
Kind regards
WDSC Committee

Important Information Regarding Training on Monday 9th

Training on Monday 9th - for the evenng there will be no P1 squad training, for squads who train 4:30 - 6pm training will go ahead as normal with Senior squads also finishing at 6pm

07/9/13 - Annual Club Presentation Evening - November 22nd 2013

This year's Annual Club Presentation Evening will be held at Adams Park - more information will follow nearer the date .

This is a great opportunity to recognise and congratulate our swimmers on their achievement and effort with awards for Club Champs and also special Coaches Awards

Please add this dates to your diary - we hope to see you there!

06/9/13 - Important Meeting for all Club Squad Members and Parents

Tuesday 17th September - Meeting for Junior and Senior Club Squads

This will be held at Wycmbe Leisure Centre PCT Room at 18:15 - 19:00 (before training).

Come along and find out the Clib's plans for Club Squad, its continued development and plans for new offerings.

Please come along and make sure your voice is heard - what do you want to see from Club Squad?

05/9/13 - Club Champs - Volunteers Needed

A sign up sheet will go on the notice board on 9th September. PLease sign up to help!.

This is our home run Gala and we rely completly on WDSC Parents and members to help run this event, without YOUR help we cannot run the CLub Champs.

This is a great WDSC Only Event and usually a lot of fun for all taking part. We are wholly reliant on WDSC Parents for Volunteering Help and would urge you to sign up and give something a go. Whilst the meet is licenced, it is a level 4 meet, and this enables us to take the opportunity to show new parents how the different jobs work. It is easy to sgn up!. Gala’s take a lot of behind the scenes organisation as well as the set up for the gala, running the gala and clearing away afterwards.

If you would like to try your hand at Timekeeping, please contact Sharon Longhurst our Officials Secretary, who will be happy to explain what is required and how you can get involved. Building our based of WDSC Officials is critical to ensure the future of the club and our ability to host Open Meets. Contact Sharon : officials@wycombe-swimming.org.uk
23/8/13 - Luke & Liam Selected onto the England Talent Programme!

Wycombe District Swimming Club's leading male swimmers, Luke Thomas(16) and Liam Jones(16) have both been selected for two different ASA England Talent Programmes for this up and coming season.

After Luke Thomas’ sensational nationals performance in 400 IM he has been selected to attend the ASA England Talent Performance Profiling and Development Day in October in Guildford, Surry. From this day he will be tested and guided through specific development opportunities and will then be potentially further selected onto phase 2 of the programme, later in the year. WDSC Head Coach Kevin Brooks, has also been selected to be a coach on this programme; he will join 6 other top coaches from the Region to coach at this camp. Luke Thomas was delighted with his selection “I’m really happy about this; I can’t believe it. I’m looking forward to representing WDSC at the day and learning lots from it!”

Liam Jones has been selected for the England Talent AASE Programme (Advanced Apprentice in Sporting Excellence) based on his excellent 200m backstroke semi final performance at the Nationals. It’s a government-funded initiative that has been designed to help young people aged 16 to 18 combine education and sport. It’s aimed at athletes who have a realistic potential of achieving excellence in their sport – and want to make a career of performing at the highest level, but who also want to continue with their education. This programme is a two year course that will involve education days and training camps abroad. Liam Jones commented on his selection “I’m really happy to have been selected and I’m pleased that I will be able to have additional support with my swimming – I’m looking forward to the camps!”

Kevin Brooks WDSC Head Coach commented “I’m really pleased with these selections as its a great reward for all the hard work and commitment these boys have put into their training over the last year. They deserve it immensely... not many 16 year olds are prepared to commit to 9 swimming sessions totalling about 18 hours of training per week!!

These selections come at an exciting time for Wycombe and should be the start of more good things to come!

22/8/2013 - Impressive Swims at the 2013 National Championships!

Josie Searle bags a Bronze!

The National Championships are one of the pinnacle domestic competition for Age Group and Youth Swimmers in the UK and this year Wycombe sent 9 swimmers up to Sheffield to compete! This was a remarkable increase from previous years – the club hasn’t sent such a high number since 2006. This is only year one of Wycombe District SC benefiting from its new coaching team lead by Olympic coach Kevin Brooks who started at Wycombe after the London 2012 Games.

Of the 9 swimmers completing 6 of those had individual swims with the remaining 3 boys participating in the relay events. For all 9 swimmers it was their first ever taste of National competition and it was certainly a new and enjoyable experience for them!

courtesy of www.dephoto.bizJosie Searle (12) led in the teams resulting performances through earning a BRONZE MEDAL in the final of the Girls 100m Breaststroke – an awesome swim that has now (provisionally) qualified her for the British Championships in April 2014.
Her time of 1:16.87 is a remarkable swim; a swim which puts her on par with several British Female Olympic Breaststrokers when they were Josie’s age.

Commenting on her swim she said “It was a great experience and I really enjoyed it!”.

Luke Thomas (16) made the FINAL of the boys 15/16 years 400 IM swimming a huge PB (by some 6 seconds) and gaining a time of 4:37.59 coming a close 6th. His time also (provisionally) qualifies him for the British Championships.

Liam Jones (16) competed in the 100 and 200 Backstroke in the 15/16 years age group. He pb’d in both events but it was his 200 Backstroke that was the most impressive – his main event – earning himself a place in the Semi Final and achieving a good 2 second PB – 2:10.72. This time is narrowly outside the qualification time for the British Championships but with a good 7 months of training he should be able to make the marker!

Fiona Shaw (18) competed with distinction in the girls 400 Freestyle with a time from the heats of 4:30.37 – just 0.14 of a second outside of her PB.

George Longhurst competed in 3 events and his main event was his individual 200 Fly where he swam a time of 2:20.93 coming 24th in the Boys 14years age group.

George then joined Ethan Carter (14), James Baxter (14) and Jack Cox (14) for the relay events – 4x100 Freestyle and the 4x200 Freestyle. In both events the boys swam huge “overall” PB’s increasing their resulting rankings. In the 4x100 Relay they came 25th, after being seeded 34th and in the 4x200 Relay they came 23rd , after being seeded 38th . Both events had 40 Teams entered – those 40 teams being the fastest 40 Teams in the UK across all 8 Swimming Regions.

Danielle Kidd (12) competed in the 200 Backstroke and tried incredibly hard; as did all of our swimmers! Her resulting time was outside of her PB but this was her first National year, as a 12 year old and this will supply Dani with fantastic experience for when she competes in this up and coming year.

Overall the Club is incredibly proud of our National Swimmers and head Coach Kevin Brooks commented “This year’s Nationals has been fantastic – it’s been great to see the qualifies all experience it for the first time and on the whole, compete with distinction. All the coaching team are so proud of them and we know that this just the beginning for Wycombe. Indeed, this first year at Wycombe (for me) has been great and the club has improved dramatically and with the new pool on its way in the District all swimmers have a lot to look forward too” The new swimming season starts in September and first off is the Final of the Milton Keynes Junior League – Wycombe are currently ranked 2nd in the leader board after two rounds.

On Monday 9th September, there will be a WHOLE CLUB MEETING, with the expectation that every squad and every member will attend. In this meeting, Kevin Brooks will outline his plans for the club in the new season and talk around some of his key goals and aspirations for the year ahead. Additionally, we will have a presentation by a Nutritionalist, who will talk about "Food for Swimming".

This is a free event, no ticket required - with the coaches expectation that the entire club will join this meeting to kick off the new season.

In addition to the presentations, there will be refreshments and some information booths, covering a Club Information Desk, The wimming Times Magazine, Henley Open Water Swim and a Swim Shop run by Mailsports.

We look forward to seeing every member of the club at this evening!

St Andrews Church, Hatters Lane, High Wycombe, HP13 7NJ
,br> Kevin will be hosting individual squad meetings, which are also compulsory meetings for each squad. In these shorter sessions, Kevin and the coaching staff will outline the Squad's plan for the season, discuss Training Cycles and cover other additional critical information for each squad for the year ahead.

The meeting for Performance Squad Members and parents is on 5th September 18:30 – 19:30 @ Wycombe High School Lecture Theatre.

There will be a meeting for all Club Squad Members and Parents, also in September – dates and times to follow.

01/8/2013 - Maxwell Open Meet Entries

For all swimmers who submitted entries to the Mawell meet taking place in October - we have confirmation that all have been accepted

31/7/2013 - Information for the new season

Changes from August 27th.

Squad Changes:
Squad changes will take effect from Tuesday 27th August 2013 - the first day of the new season! This means that the full training program is back up and runing after the summer tickover period. Swimmers that are moving squads will be notified by individual letter. Any swimmers who do not receive a letter will remian in their current squads.

If you would like to discuss your squad placing, please speak to your coach, who will be happy to disucss.

Other Changes for the new season:
In order to alleviate the pressure on Saturday mornings, Potential Two Squad has been moved to Sunday mornings. This is a short term solution, we are currently looking at additional pools fo hire on Sunday mornings, in orer to cater for all ofthe swimmers and squads. We are also anticipating having access to increased pooltime from April 2014, which will further alleviate current issues and allow the club to continue to grow as we prepare to move to the new pool.

Please review the new timetable, effective from August 27th 2013.

Club Meetings:
Meetings wil be held in the first monh of th new season (further details to follow).

Whole Club Meeting - Monday 9th September @ St Andrews, Hatters Lane
Performance & COmpetitive Meeting - Tuesday 5th September @ Wycombe High School Lecture Theatre.
Club Squad Meeting - Tuesday 17th September @ Wycmbe Leisure Centre PCT Room at 18:15 - 19:00 (before training).

Please make sure you attend the above meetings, during which we will be sharing important infomration about the club and the new season.

05/7/13 - HELP NEEDED - WDSC End of Season Open Meet 13/14 July

Calling all volunteers!

We need volunteers to help at our upcoming Open Meet on the 13th and 14th of July. If you can spare some time, please take a look at the notice board at Wycombe Leisure Centre, and sign up for a session or 2!
We need lots of people to help the meet run smoothly, and we are always looking for new volunteers.

There is no better way to pass the time at a Meet, by helping out.

Don't be shy, if you haven't helped before, most of the roles are easy to do, and easy to learn.

As always, we cannot run our open meets, without the help of parents. Our Open Meets are key fundraising events, helping us keep the training fees as low as possible. Did you know - if we didn't run the Open Meets, every swimmers Annual Bill would go up by about £200. So, its worth doing - but we need help.

In particular, help on Friday night (12th July), from 9pm to set up is critical. with the right number of people it usually only takes an hour - can you spare us some time?

Likewise, please don't rush off at the end of the Gala on Sunday 14th - everything has to be put away! If we have enough people, we can get this done in less than an hour.

Did you know - that sometimes we only get 3 or 4 people helping with set up and clearing up - and then it takes those people a few hours. So, don't forget that we are a members club, run and managed by volunteers - please get stuck in!

We are also looking for budding announcers - it's the easiest job on the rosta - so if you would like to have a go, sign up and we will guide you through the process.

Thank you in advance, for sparing some time to support OUR club.
25/6/13 - Great performance at Milton Keynes Open Meet

The club sent 60 swimmers to the City of Milton Keynes Open meet at the weekend, and the team delivered outstanding results, with a huge number of medals and PBs. In total our swimmers achieved 49 GOLD medals, 41 SILVER medals, 49 BRONZE medals and an incredible 330 Personal Best times!

This meet was an 'unrested' meet, with our swimmers preparing for the target end of season meet at the WDSC meet in July, which makes the performance at CMK Meet even more impressive.

Congratulations to all of the swimmers who took part, we can't wait to see how you perform at our End of Season Meet in July!

Individual Results from CMK Open Meet are available here

21/6/13 - Changes to Club Champ Dates

Please note the change of date for Club Champs. We have had to move the date, due to the scheduling of the MIlton Keynes Junior League.
The new date for the WDSC Club Championships is 21st & 22nd September 2013

More details and entry information will follow in the coming weeks.

16/6/13 - WDSC Master Bev Childs wins European Triathalon Championship

We are delighted to report that Bev Childs won her age group at the European Triathlon Championships in Alanya, Turkey this weekend. She competed in the Olympic distance; 1500 swim 40km cycle, 10km run.

Alan Harris took part in the half-Olympic distance and finished 12th.

More details can be found here:

http://www.triathlon.org/results/result/2013_alanya_etu_triathlon_european_championships/259388 http://www.triathlon.org/results/result/2013_alanya_etu_triathlon_european_championships/259379

On behalf of the club, congratulations to Bev and Alan
12/6/13 - Wycombe goes from Strength to Strength in the pool

Wycombe District Swim Club’s swimmers were out in force over the last two weekends; competing at the Regional Age Group Championships in Crawley, Sussex with the clubs older swimmers competing in Sheffield at their Premier Meet. By the end of the weekend the club based at the 50m pool in High Wycombe has 6 Individual and 2 relay teams qualified for the Nationals this Summer. This is a remarkable turnaround; under their newly appointed Head Coach Kevin Brooks this figures looks set to get higher the following year, based on the number of swimmers that just missed their National Qualification times too.

Kevin Brooks commented “The progress at Wycombe has been incredible. So many swimmers are now stepping up and for some it has now resulted in them achieving National Level status. What’s interesting is that a further 5 swimmers were incredibly close to their qualifying times. Anything from 1/10th of second on 100 and 200m events to being 5 seconds outside of 800m times.

Josie Searle (12) and Danielle Kidd (12) were the youngest Wycombe swimmers to qualify for the Nationals. Josie qualified in the final of the 100m Breaststroke through gaining a Silver Medal in the final at the South East Regional Championships. Danni made the final in the 200 back but qualified for the Nationals in the Heat.

George Longhurst (14) made the final, coming third with the Bronze medal in the 200m Butterfly. He swam a time of 2:19.06 which represented an 8 second pb before swimming at the meet. This time was well inside his National qualifying time. George also competed in the 4x100 11-14years Freestyle and the 4x200 11-14 years Freestyle alongside up and coming sprinter Ethan Carter (14) and teammates James Baxter (14) and Jack Cox(14). Both relays have now been confirmed as qualifying for the Nationals as well. This is a great achievement for the swimmers and Wycombe – this being the clubs first relays teams that have gone to the Nationals since before 2002.

Other Wycombe swimmers reaching the finals at the Regional Age Group Championships were: Andrew Au, Cameron Brooker Ethan Carter and Naveesha Karunanayaka; with Andrew Au winning GOLD in the 11 years 100m Breaststroke Final.

Whilst the younger swimmers were excelling at Crawley Liam Jones (16) competed with distinction in the 200 backstroke in Sheffield, knocking a further 2 seconds off the pb he set in April. In a time of 2:12.2 he is now well inside his National Qualifying time (and ranked within the top 16 of his age group in UK) and is sure to make good inroads at the Championships in Sheffield. Luke Thomas made considerable gains in the 200m Breaststroke smashing his pb by some 4 seconds to reach 2:36. Connor Lewis(16) narrowly missed his 200 Fly National Time by just 1/10th of a second. Very frustrating for a lad thats already knocked some 7 seconds of his 200 fly pb so far this season.

Josie, Danni, George, the relay boys and Liam now join youth swimmers Fiona Shaw (18) and Luke Thomas (16) who qualified for the Nationals earlier in the year. Luke in 400 Individual Medley and Fiona in the 400 Freestyle and 3K Open Water events.

Kevin Brooks, the Wycombe Head Coach, further commented “the summer is going to be a great one for the club; if anything this year has been about the club finding a new wind, a new self belief and new passion for training and competing. So much has been learnt by the kids but they have a long way to go. The next 3 years are going to be an interesting time for us here at Wycombe!”

8/6/13 - New National Qualifiers

Team WDSC success continues, with more national qualifiers:

Wycombe Swimming Club National Qualifiers (so far..)

  • Luke Thomas

    400 IM

  • Liam Jones

    100 & 200 Back

  • Fiona Shaw

    400 Free & Open Water

  • Danielle Kidd

    200 Backstroke

  • George Longhurst

    200 Butterfly

  • Josie Searle

    100 Breastroke

1/6/13 - Thank you to all of our volunteers!

Its "Time to Say Thankyou!" to all of our volunteers.

for your dedication to volunteering in aquatics. Without your hard work, time, energy and continued commitment the sport just wouldn't happen - you really do make the difference .

To help us say 'Thank You' the ASA have showcased the incredible contribution of our aquatic volunteers in our short film, look out for some familiar faces showing their appreciation for your work as volunteers.

26/5/13 - WDSC End of Season Meet - Entry Forms - due back by 28th May

Please check your email for the entry information for the WDSC end of season meet

Please note this needs to be returned to coaches no later than Tuesday 28th May

26/5/13 - Message for those attending MKJL on 1st June

Important information - the venue for the first round of MKJL has changed - it is Hanworth Air Park Leisure Centre, Feltham TW13 5EG.

Due to the close driving distance of this pool, we are no longer going to provide a coach for the team so parents will need to take swimmers to the pool. Swimmers need to be poolside for 6pm for a 6:15 Warm-Up.

If you have not yet confirmed your swimmer can attend then please do so as soon as possible by emailing Craig at assistantcoach@wycombe-swimming.org.uk

19/5/13 - Lost Property

Have you lost something? Following a tidy up last weekend we have a collection of lost property which has been left in the club store or handed in to the coaches office. There are also some items left behind after the Gala last Saturday. The items are mostly unnamed and range from club kit to towels. If you have lost some kit please contact us on ; enquiries@wycombe-swimming.org.uk or see us at the club desk on a Tuesday. Please tell us what it is (size, colour, style) and we will try and reunite you with it.

Parkwood also store lost property, you can contact reception to see if they have your equipment. Equipment left behind after training is collected by the lifeguards.

Please label all clothes and equipment it makes it much easier for us to return equipment to you when you leave it behind.
Please ensure if you store equipment in the wet store it is all indentified and stored in a string bag and stored on a shelf or hook. Bags left on the floor stay damp and can go mouldy.
Never borrow equipment from other peoples bags.
Always check you have all your kit in your bag before leaving poolside after training.

18/5/13 - WDSC Individual Results from May Sprint Meet 2013

Individual swimmer's results are now available from the Sprint Meet. Individual Times can be downloaded HERE
10/5/13 - Youth Regionals - Team WDSC go from strength to strength

Team WDSC has some great successes at last weekend's Youth Regionals at Crawley and Guilford pools. We are proud to say that, as a result, the club now has 3 swimmers qualified for the National championships;

Wycombe Swimming Club National Qualifiers (so far..)

  • Luke Thomas

    400 IM

  • Liam Jones

    100 & 200 Back

  • Fiona Shaw

    400 Free & Open Water

Fiona was only 0.6 outside of another qualification time in 100 Free and 0.2 in the 50 Free and Connor Lewis narrowly missed his 100 and 200 Fly National Times.

This is a remarkable step up from previous years where the club had no one qualify and with some meets still to come and the Age Group Regionals almost upon us we are hopeful of some more swimmers stepping up and achieving this success.

It was great to see so many more Wycombe finalists at Regionals along with the first youth regional relay teams being entered in 7 years. With the girls 4x200 Free team missing out on National Qualification by 4 places, nationally. Additionally, the swimmers achieved some 65 Personal Best times over the weekend.

We had a number of finalists this year :

Fiona Shaw: 50, 100, 200 & 400 Free
Luke Thomas: 200 Fly, 200 IM & 400 IM
Connor Lewis: 50, 100 & 200 Fly
Liam Jones 100 & 200 Back
And following this the most medalists we have seen for some years:

Luke Thomas: 3 Bronze – 200 Fly, 200 IM & 400 IM
Fiona Shaw: 1 Bronze – 400 Free
Dan Manners: 1 Bronze – 1500 Free

We are proud to see the significant progression of the Wycombe Swimmers, over the last few months and their performance at the Youth Regionals is a great testament to our current program and the new momentum in our coaching team.
Stay tuned for more information following the age-group Regionals in the coming weeks!

05/5/13 - Accepted Entries - WDSC Sprint Meet 11th May 2013

A Message from the Wycombe District Swimming Club Open Meet Coordinator

To all Swimmers and Parents,

We appreciate that there has been a large number of queries concerning the published entries for our 11th May Sprint Meet and to try and assist you manage queries and better inform you here is an overview of the acceptance criteria used.

The May Meet was oversubscribed by 4 swimming hours so unfortunately the impact of reducing the number of entries was more significant and noticeable than previous Meets. To be as equitable as possible swimmers have been scratched from all clubs, including WDSC, because we want WDSC Meets to be representative of all clubs who entered.

We used what we believed to be an equitable acceptance criteria which is outlined below:

1. No ASA registration on the Hy-Tek entry file then the entry was scratched.
2. Limited to two events per session per swimmer
3. Limited to one 50m event and one 100m event per session
4. Number of heats in each event was taken into account when deciding which events swimmers were scratched from
5. Number of entries per swimmer was taken into account

As this is a Level 3 meet I did not feel it appropriate to have a qualification time and then further qualify swimmers out on slowest times.

The lesson learned is that our Meets are becoming more popular and in future we will simplify the acceptance criteria and do it on a first come first served basis for L3 Meets and fastest entries for our L1 Meet.

We do appreciate all entries to our Meets and hope that your clubs will continue to support them.


WDSC Meet Co-Ordinator

01/5/13 - Changes to Training May - August 2013

With a number of upcoming Galas and the holiday period, please take note of a number of key changes to the overall training schedule.

You can download a copy of the notice here.

27/4/13 - City of Sheffield May L1 Open Meet - Accepted Entries

Accepted Entries and full program details are available for the COSSC May 2013 No Frills and Distance Meet (Level 1) May25th - May 26th.
26/4/13 - City of Milton Keynes L3 June Open Meet - Accepted Entries

Dear Swimmers/Parents:

We are pleased to announce that all entries for the June L3 End of Season City of Milton Keynes Open Meet have been accepted!

Full Details about the Open Meet and Accepted Entries can be found HERE

26/4/13 - British Gas ASA SE Youth Region Champs 2013

WDSC is excited to announce that we have 21 Regional Qualifiers, competing in the ASA South East Region Age Group Championships, by far the strongest showing for some time by our club. COngratulations to all those that qualified.

Interim Accepted Entries for the British Gas ASA SE Youth Region Champs 2013 are now available HERE

Full program Details can be viewed HERE.

27/4/13 - City of Sheffield May L1 Open Meet - Accepted Entries

Accepted Entries and full program details are available for the COSSC May 2013 No Frills and Distance Meet (Level 1) May25th - May 26th.
26/4/13 - City of Milton Keynes L3 June Open Meet - Accepted Entries

Dear Swimmers/Parents:

We are pleased to announce that all entries for the June L3 End of Season City of Milton Keynes Open Meet have been accepted!

Full Details about the Open Meet and Accepted Entries can be found HERE

17/4/13 - Haslemere and Crawley Open Meet Results

ongratulations to all WDSC swimmers who attended the Haslemere and Crawley Open Meets at the weekend.

We had 94 swimmers competing in the South East at Haslemere and Crawley this weekend.

There were some great swims from all involved with some swimmers competing for the first time. There were 346 new PB’s obtained from these ‘un-rested’ meets and a National Qualifying Time for Liam Jones in the 200m Back.

Haselmere Results can be downloaded here
Crawley Results can be downloaded here

Well done to all!
3/4/13 - Update on Pending Squad Movements

Dear Swimmers/Parents:

The coaching team have been busy discussing squad movements for implementation very soon; based on the published squad criteria issued in November 2012.

Swimmers that have been identified for squad movements will be informed by letter over the next two weeks by their coaches.

You will not receive a squad movement letter if you/your child is remaining in their current squad.

In addition to the above there may be training time changes for each squad – this will also be confirmed in a different letter to the effected squads in due course.

Kind Regards

Head Coach
3/4/13 - Accepted Entries - Haslemere & Crawley

We now have the accepted entries for:

Haslemere - 13th April 2013 - DOWNLOAD HERE

More Details on the Crawley meet, including the Program of Events can be found on the Haslemere Swimming Club Open Meet Page.
PLEASE NOTE : Warm-Up Startes at 07:45 and ALL SWIMMERS FOR SESSION 1 must be signed in by this time: Sign in for Session 1 Closes at 07:45

Click Here for more details on Parking for Haslemere Open Meets
Click Here for directions to the Herons Pool

Crawley - 13th & 14th April 2013 - DOWNLOAD HERE

Note there were a few "Scratched" Entries - these can be found with a SCR next to the event in the accepted entries.
More Details on the Crawley meet, including the Program of Events can be found on the Crawley Swimming Club Open Meet Page.

Good Luck to all swimmers competing at these events!

3/4/13 - New Club Squad Coaching Thursdays @ PR

Dear Swimmers/Parents:

I would like to advise you of a change to the coaching that you will receive on Thursdays at Princes Risbrough.

Tom House will no longer be coaching at WDSC. His last session was Thursday 28th March. I would like to thank him for the time he has given to the club - particularly with the Club Squad over the years and his most recent help on the Kelkiem trip away.

From Thursday 4th April Struan McNeil will be covering this session with assistance from Craig Oliver on occasions.

Club Squad Coaches will be as follows:
Tuesday PM Craig, Helen & Lucy
Wednesday AM (Juniors) Craig
Thursday AM (Seniors) Kevin
Thursday PM Struan
Sunday AM Craig / Struan (Fred when cover is needed)

Training times remain the same.

Kind Regards
Head Coach

24/3/13 - New Record Breakers - March 2013

March continues the record breaking trend at Wycombe District Swimming Club, with new records being smashed at Counties in Maidenhead (SC) and Aldershot (LC).

Josie Searle beat the long held 12 Yr Girl 50 Breaststroke Record, previously held by Anna Pickin (38.97) with a time of 38.87.
Fiona Shaw took 3 new records in the 18 Yr Girl category - 50 Fly (SC), from Lindsey McFarlane(31.77) with a time of 31.51, 400 Freestyle, from Beccy O'Brian (4:46.59) with a time of 4:45.40 and finally beating her own record in the 800m Freestyle by 3 seconds with a time of 9:36.71.
Cameron Brooker continues his record breaking form with 3 new records, beating his own previous records in all events : 100 Backstroke (SC) - 1:17.07, 200 Backstroke (SC) - 2:40.85 and 400 IM (SC) - 6:09.98.
Dan Manners also broke records in 800 Freestyle (LC) - beating Nicholas Grover's record with a time of 9:27.46 and beating his own record in the 1500 Freestyle (LC) with a time of 17:45.69.

The Mens Open 4 x 50m Freetyle Relay team - Liam Jones, Connor Lewis, Ethan Carter and David Godridge - were also in record breaking form in Aldershot (breaking the previous record held by the team of Andrew Allum, Jay Allnut, David Vine and Richard Bevan) with a time of 1:55.56. (see the Bucks Free Press Article).

We also have a number of swimmers with new times in the in the all-time top 10.
Congratulations to Abby Matthews, Andrew Au, Connor Lewis, Dan Manners, Millie Sansome, Emily Gladding, Ethan Carter, George Longhurst, Imogen Shepherd, Issy Baxter, Kate Lees, Liam Jones, Mitchell Green, Tasha Moss, Naveesha Karunanayaka, Oliver Ross, Thomas Sansome.

Look out for more record breaking news next month, with the final weekend of Counties and a number of open meets coming up.

Full details of all of our records, can be found on our Records Page!

18/3/13 - Easter Weekend Training

Please take a note of the training arrangements over the Easter Weekend:

Thursday 28th March PM as normal – all squads including Princes Risborough
Friday 29th March AM Masters cancelled (pool closed)
Junior Performance & Senior Performance to train 9:00 to 11:00 am

Friday 29th March PM as normal
Junior Performance to swim 5:30 to 7:00pm

Saturday 30th March AM as normal

Sunday 31st March AM Cancelled (for Easter Sunday)
Monday 1st April AM Cancelled (for Easter Monday)
Monday 1st April PM Cancelled (for Easter Monday)

09/3/13 - Counties - Here we come

After working towards this all year - Counties are here and the WDSC Team are out in force, with the largest ever number of swimmers qualifying!
It's not just the swimmers that are representing the club, but we have a large number of Parents helping in roles as officials through to poolside marshalling. Thank you to all everyone for giving up your time and supporting the club with its commitments at Counties!


We have a large number of sessions covered by licensed Wycombe officials. Thanks to - Sharon Longhurst, Chris Hirst, Annette Moss, Freddie Eastman, Sam Sansome & Garth Baxter. There will also be quite a few JL1 candidates having mentored sessions.
Chris Hirst will be the official going to Aldershot.


1 Nicola Hirst - Marshall
2 Fran Brune - Marshall
3 Fran Brune - Runner
4 Fran Brune - Runner
6 Sue Lewis - Marshall
7 Karen Brooker - Marshall
8 Sally Harbour - Marshall


Swimmer Participation is high! Here are the number of Wycombe swimmers in each session

Session 12228
Session 22428
Session 32026
Session 42524
Session 585
Session 61719
Session 71824
Session 82727

Good Luck to everyone participating at Counties over the next few weekends!

More Details can be fou nd on the County Website or on our Counties Page
8/3/13 - New Coaches Join The Team

We are excited to welcome some new coaching support to the club. Look out for these new faces poolside!

Since starting at WDSC a key priority for Kevin was to increase the size of the Coaching Team so that we have additional support for our swimmers and current coaches across all levels of the club.

We would like to welcome the following new coaches:

Helen Bobbett

Helen has been involved in the club for some time and holds her Level 1 qualification. She is heavily involved in the Army and is very keen on Sports & Fitness. Helen will (initially) be assisting Craig Oliver and Lucy Thurston (Masters Coach) with the Club Squads on Tuesday evening 7:30 to 9pm. She loves what the club squad is all about and very much enjoys coaching this squad of swimmers.

Sam Connolly

Sam currently swims in the WDSC Masters Squad and the BNU (Bucks New Uni) Swim Team. He is a Level 2 Teacher and has a number of years experience at Teaching and support coaching. He used to swim for Aylesbury & District Swim Club as a teenager. Sam will be helping out on Tuesday evenings with various Academy & Potential Squads; before he train’s in the Masters Session.... keep an eye out for him!

Struan McNeil

Struan has recently started coaching at WDSC and has had various roles in swimming over the years. Most recently he was the Head of Age Groups at Maxwell Swim Club, where he coached swimmers to Regional and National Level. Indeed, he (as did Craig Oliver) assisted me in the Coaching of Craig Gibbons to the London 2012 Olympic Games. Before this time he was the Assistant Coach at Bicester Blue Fins SC and was Head Coach at Abingdon Vale SC between 2005 and 2010. During his time at Abingdon he coached a Disability Swimmer to World Class Level and National Medals, along with other swimmers attaining National Level. Struan will take a lead coaching role on Monday mornings with the P2 Squad (enabling Craig Oliver to coach on Thursday morning to support me with the current squads attending). He will also be coaching alongside Craig Oliver on Tuesdays 5:30 to 7:00pm (P1 & P2 Squads) and then with me, 7:00 to 9:00pm with the Performance Squads; along with Sundays 7:00 to 9:00 AM.

Currently we also have several poolside helpers coming from the Senior Club Squad and Performance Squads. These swimmers help out on Tuesday evening and Saturday morning. The most recent addition to this group of young coaches is Katie Bromley; who has just started helping with Bronze, Silver and Platinum Academy on Tuesday evenings.

Even with these fantastic additions to the WDSC Coaching Team we are always looking out for more coaching support; specifically in helping swimmers become coaches. Turning their swimming days into coaching ones!

If any swimmer (or indeed, parent) is interesting in becoming a poolside helper or a potential Teacher or Coach; then please get in touch with Kevin Brooks directly. The only requirements he has are that you are 15+, are prepared to have a CRB check and are whiling to learn, listen and become part of our great team!

22/2/13 - Wycombe Level 1 Meet

Luke achieves his first National Qualifying Time!
Luke Thomas(15) qualified for the National Youth Championships in the 400m IM over the weekend at the Wycombe Level 1 Meet. In a time of 4:47.18; which was a 7 second pb and the swim of the meet; according to Head Coach Kevin Brooks. “Luke has trained consistently well over the last 5 months and this is testament to that; I don’t think I’ve seen a swimmer grinning so much after getting an NQT before! This is the first NQT this season for WDSC and this sets that ball running for the squad - it highlights to his team mates that they too are capable of achieving and succeeding”

Several other swimmers improved on their pb’s and came closer to National Level status, particularly Fiona Shaw in the 100 Free, Liam Jones in the 100 and 200 back, Connor Lewis in the 100 7 200 Fly and Ethan Carter in the 50 and 100 Freestyle.

Several swimmers also increased the number of qualifying times under their belt for the Regional Age and Youth Championships and 10 year old Cameron Brooker set the fastest 200m backstroke time for a 10 year old in the UK; so far in this season.

2/2/13 - Officials Urgently Needed

We need more licenced officials for our Level 1 Meet on February 16th & 17th 2013.

If you are a licenced official and are able to help us for any sessions over the weekend of February 16th and 17th 2013 - we would appreciate it. Without enough officials, we cannot run this Level 1 Meet.

If you are able to help - please contact our officials coordinator Sharon Longhurst at officials@wycombe-swimming.org.uk.

To all Wycombe Parents: We need your help, to help OUR club - if you are licenced - please let Sharon know asap if you can help!
2/2/13 - WDSC Level 1 Meet - Live High Quality Streaming

Be part of it ...wherever you are... in High Quality...

Wycombe District Swimming Club is proud to announce M&Y Media as the official broadcast partner for the annual WDSC Long Course Open Meet on February 16-17 2013

On the day you can join us via your PC, mobile or tablet for live, professionally-produced coverage of every race...with full commentary, interviews and special features.
To share the experience:
1. go to www.mandymedia.co.uk
2. click on the WDSC Live Stream button
3. select viewing package
4. share the experience

Ipad and Iphone users need to use a Flash compatible browser such as Puffin, available via the app store or www.puffinbrowser.com for free.

To see our most recent streamed show-reel, visit the M&Y Media website or scan the QR code.

2/2/13 - Training - Friday 8th Feb

Head Coach - Kevin Brooks has made the decision to cancel training on the 8th, for presentation evening.

This will make it easier for everyone and will give everyone the time needed to get ready and enjoy what will be a lovely evening.

Friday evening can be replaced by the following:
Potential 1, 1+, and Fastrack can attend Friday 8th morning session.
Potential 2 and 3 can attend Thursday 7th morning session. (Make Sure you are at the Leisure Centre Entrance at 5:45am prompt to be let in)
Senior Perf should make full use of their remaining sessions that week.

22/1/13 - WDSC Level 1 Meet - Club Entries

The meet entry information and individual swimmer eligibility report for our Level 1 meet to be held on 16/17th February.

Download Meet Entry Letter
Download Eligibility Listings for WDSC Members
Download Program Details for the event

Please complete and return with cheque payable to WDSC to coaches no later than Friday 25th Jan.

Also - the volunteer sheet is now up on the notice board so if you are able to help then please sign up - We cannot run these meets, which generate income to keep fees down, without Volunteers!
13/1/13 - SNOW WATCH

With the possibility of snow during the next week please make sure you know best place to get the latest information on any urgent messages re possible impact on the pool opening/ training sessions.
Our Head Coach receives information directly from the pool manager and will make decisions if any changes to sessions are needed.

Kevin will post a message on WDSC twitter. This is the best route for urgent communications.

If you use twitter, you can follow the Club's Twitter Feed directly by following @Wycombe_Swim.

Don't worry if you are not on twitter - the WDSC twitter messages feed directly onto our WDSC website (see the blue band at the bottom of the homepage) http://www.wycombe-swimming.org.uk

If it does snow, please make sure you can travel safetly to the pool, if you attend training!

13/1/13 - January Club Fees - Billing

We have had some delays in issuing this Quarter's bills for payment. Please rest assured that we are working to resolve this, and expect to be issuing bills by the end of January.

PLease note that the club can now accept montly standing order payments, if this is easier for you. This is really simple to set up.
The Fees Page details the total monthly fee payable for your child's squad, and comprrises of the Membership Fee, ASA Fee and Training fewes for the year - divided by 12 to reach the monthly payment.

If you would like to know the bank account details, in order to set up a direct debit, please send an email to our enquiries email address - enquiries@wycombe-swimming.org.uk and we will send you the full bank account details. Once you have these - you just need to set up a standard monthly payment to the club, and only need to change it when your son or daughter changes squad, or if fees were to increase in the future.

10/1/13 - Club Presentation evening

get Meet Mobile from iTunes, it's a free app The Club Presentation Evening will be held Friday 8th Feb at Adams Park.

For those that have not attended before, this is a great evening to celebrate the achievements of our swimmers at the Club Champs, and generally recognise the participation and performance of our members.

As the club continues to grow, we have hit capacity issues for the first time, this year. The venue capacity is limited for safety reasons and because so many swimmers took part in this year’s club championships we will have to limit the numbers attending the event this year.

Entry to the event will be controlled by Ticket.

Tickets are free but, in the interests of fairness will initially be restricted to 2 for each swimmer that took part in the championships (swimmer plus one family guest).
Please collect your tickets by the 29th Jan from the committee members at the club desk on Tuesdays or Saturdays. Do not take tickets if you are not attending, if you do not want your tickets please let us give them to other club members.
Tickets not collected by the 29th Jan will be made available to swimmers who want to bring other family guests.

The Presentation Evening is always a great event, with awards, followed by a disco and we look forward to seeing you there. We are already planning next years event and intend to move to a larger location, to ensure that the entire club can attend, with all family members. Once again we are sorry that the new restrictions at Adams PArk are limiting this.

If you are unable to collect tickets or have any other questions please contact us on enquires@wycombe-swimming.org.uk

10/1/13 - Abingdon - Individual Meet Results

Abingdon have sent over the Individual Meet results from the Winter Open Meet

Congratulations to all the swimmers on some great swims! Results can be downloaded HERE
30/1/12 - Maxwell & Abingdon Open Meets - January - Accepted Entries

For those that have entered the Maxwell January meet being held on Jan 19/20th, view the list of accepted entries.

Please note that as the meet is oversubscribed some swimmers have some events scratched (denoted by SCR next to the event)

Accepted Entries for the Abingdon Meet Jan 5th & 6th - can be found here

21/12/12 - Updated Christmas Training Times

Please find updated Christmas Training Times: HERE

Note - no training at Princes Risborough on 27th Dec as the pool will be closed
21/12/12 - Individual Meet Results - Bournemouth and Maxwell Meets

Please find the individual swimmer results from the recent Bournemouth and Maxwell meets.

Our swimmers were fantastic - achieving an amazing and well deserved 509 PBs!! over these two meets (even despite many having coughs and colds etc)

Maxwell Level 3 Results
Bournemouth Results

Great performance by WDSC swimmers to end 2012!

14/12/12 - 18th Dec Christmas Fun Session

Due to the Christmas Fun Session and in order to bring the club closer together on the evening, training has been changed accordingly ... for one night only!

We will be offering food, drinks and music on the balcony throughout the evening

Training Details are as follows:
17:30 - 18:45 the following squads will train:
Silver Academy
Gold Academy
Platinum Academy
Potential Three
Potential Two
Potential One

18:45 - 20:15 the following squads will train:
Junior Performance
Junior Fastrack
Senior Performance
Senior Competitive
Junior Club Squad
Senior Club Squad

Stroke Improvers are unaffected; they will have their own fun session in the Learner Pool 7 to 8pm – possibly joining in the Main pool fun, too!

Masters (competitive, fitness & Tuesday only) are welcome to attend the 6:45pm to 8:15pm FUN session, however your usual sessions will still run as normal for normal training; but from 8:15 to 10pm only.

If any of the times are a problem for parents, please discuss with Kevin and Craig as we can, of course, be flexible.

Parents ... don’t forget to sign up to bring food or drink items for the balcony!


Kevin Brooks
10/12/12 - Abingdon gala - accepted entries

Entries are available HERE

10/12/12 - Abingdon gala - accepted entries

Entries are available HERE

It's Christmas Time!

A Christmas message starring your coaches: Kevin, Craig, Daran, Louise and Nicki.

05/12/12 - South East Regionals Update

Liam and Fiona lead Wycombe to some Promising Swims

The weekend saw 18 Wycombe District swimmers compete at the South East Regional Short Course Championships, held at the Aldershot Army Garrison Pool. The team used this meet as preparation for their target meet in two weeks time in Bournemouth. With that in mind; the swimmers were going into this meet un-rested and pretty tired! Being tired didn’t stop the majority of swimmers from having some outstanding swims, resulting in some Personal Best times being smashed.

Liam Jones (15) had a fantastic meet, gaining a PB in every event plus qualifying for his first Senior Regional Final; competing alongside Great Britain Olympian Marco Louchran from Guildford in the 50m Backstroke. His efforts resulted in him wining the Junior Bronze; Liam’s first regional medal. Liam also smashed his 200m Backstroke and Freestyle PBs; both by some 4-5 seconds. Fiona Shaw also made significant improvements; knocking a second off her 50m Free PB; which qualified her for the Senior Regional Final.

Natasha Garry, Christopher Harbour, George Longhurst, Mitch Green and Connor Lewis all made considerable improvements in their 200m events; whilst Imogen Shepard and Izzy Baxter made further improvements in their 800m event. Daniel Manners competed in the distance events producing some good swims; namely a 21 second PB on his 1500 Free!

Ethan Carter also took a full second of his 50m Freestyle; whilst other swimmers were also successful in there events: Well Done to Josh Howard, Sarah Collin, Bethany Hirst’, Lauren Jones, Josh Lewis, Luke Thomas & Francine Kidd.

Congratulations to all who took part!

Kevin Brooks (Head Coach)
02/12/12 - WDSC XMAS LIGHTS EVENING 7th December 2012

You are cordially invited to drinks at the Shepherd Family House (Jancis - WDSC Welfare Office and Tony) to see the Christmas Charity Lights.
Tony has carefully planned this lighting extravaganza over the last few months and the display runs a variety of light shows throughout the evening.

Please feel free to call by their house and drop in for a drink and see the fantastic lights.

A map to their house can be found here HERE.

Jancis and Tony would like to extend this invite to all members of Wycombe District Swimming Club and look forward to seeing you from 7pm on the 7th December 2012.

The best times to see the lights are when they ‘dance’ there are 4 different songs alternating every 15 minutes, 00, 15, 30 and 45 mins past the hour between 17.00-21.00hrs

Jancis and Tony nominate a charity annually to support local causes, this year they have decided to support brainstrust as one of our swimmers parents is currently undergoing treatment for a brain tumour.

See the Braintrust website for more infromation.
Brainstrust is the brain tumour charity that offers a unique support service to people who are coping with a brain tumour.
They provide support and advice from the point of diagnosis. This can be offered because of their experience battling brain cancer, our unique network of advisors, and our supporters in the medical, scientific and nursing community.

They are ‘not just a phoneline’. Instead, they offer a range of personal support services that embrace the ways that brain tumour patients and carers want to communicate, and that are accessible when these people need to use them via 24/7 phone and email support, face to face ‘Meet Ups’, printed information and support tools, as well as an online community and 2 websites that each meet a very specific, predetermined set of needs: www.brainstrust.org.uk and www.braintumourhub.org.uk.

02/12/12 - Revised Fee Structure

Dear Members,

Following the introduction of the new squads for the Club, we have published the revised fees that relate to those squads on the website. These fees will apply from 1st January 2013.

Please visit : http://www.wycombe-swimming.org.uk/club-fees_new.html

We have included an modest inflationary increase for all squads and rounded the quarterly charges to the nearest pound for convenience. The quarterly fees exclude the annual WDSC and ASA (Regional and National) subscriptions and these are also shown on the website.

Obviously our costs are not fixed and the largest elements of expenditure, salaries and pool hire in particular, have increased and are likely to continue to increase.

The vast majority of squads change name, but have the same pool time available; therefore those squads see only an inflationary increase. Swimmers in P2 moving to Senior Performance and Junior Performance will see larger increases in fees due to the increase in available pool time. Those joining Senior Competitive will have lower fee and for those swimmers moving in to Junior Fastrack fees will increase from P1, due to a significant increase in available training hours.

The committee have endeavoured to keep costs low and feel that the increase in fees is justified and reasonable. If the increase in fees does cause anyone any particular concern or they wish to discuss them then please contact either the Secretary, Simon Shaw (secretary@wycombe-swimming.org.uk), or our Treasurer, Lawrence Summers (treasurer@wycombe-swimming.org.uk).

For those that wish to pay by standing order we have identified the consolidated monthly charge that is applicable to each squad and also displayed that on our web-site on the fees page.

Kind Regards

Chris Ross
Wycombe District Swimming Club
1/12/12 - New Handy Cross sports centre plans to go on display

RESIDENTS and sports enthusiasts will get the chance to have their say on plans for a revamped Handy Cross sports centre next week.

Wycombe District Council hope the planned centre, which it describes as new and first class, will be built by 2015

Read the full article in the Bucks Free Press
30/11/12 - Annual Club Presentation Evening

We are delighted to announce that we will be Holding our Annual Club Presentation Evening on Friday February 8th 2013 at Adams Park.

More details will following in the coming weeks, but please hold the date in your diaries!
The evening is usually a great success and a chance for the club to get together and celebrate the achievements of all of our swimmers. Everyone who took part in a race at Club Champs will be receiving an award or certificate, as well as the Coach's Awards for Commitment and Improvement in each squad.
Following the presentations, there will be a disco and of course the bar will be open!

Due to new capacity restrictions at Adams Park, we will be issuing tickets after Christmas, and we will keep you posted on how that will work. There is of course no charge for the evening and we look forward to seeing another great turnout this year.

More Information to follow....

30/11/12 - Wycombe District Swimming Club Christmas Fun

Dear WDSC Members / Parents

Just a reminder that we will be holding our Christmas celebration evening on Tuesday 18th December during our usual Tuesday Evening Club Night.
During the evening, we will be offering food, drinks, raffles and fun on the balcony and running some Fun and Games in the pool.

In the coming days, we will be posting a form on the notice board, asking our members to sign up to bring food, drink, sweet and savory items.
Please sign up for what you can bring on the evening!
The Notice will go up on Saturday Morning.

If you have any questions about the evening, or what you could bring - feel free to contact the Social Committee - email socialevents@wycombe-swimming.org.uk

28/11/12 - Success in Kelkheim

Congratulations to all the swimmers who visited Kelkhiem this year.
The final total of the teams medals was 118
54 gold ,33 silver and 31 bronze with several personal best times swam.

As well as the medals , the ladies relay teams were 1st and 3rd in their event and the club took second in the 12x50m medley relay and two swimmers in the event finals.

The great swims and fantastic results meant Wycombe District Swimming Club were awarded the Top Club Trophy - the 3rd time we have won this in the last 6 years.

A special thanks to our parent organisers - Jon, Tom, Helen and Helen! Without your leadership to organise this event, it couldn't happen. Thank You for helping us maintain our links with Kelkheim and all of their swimmers.
21/11/12 - Maxwell December Meet - Accepted Entries

Dear WDSC Members / Parents

The Maxwell December Meet Accepted Entries are available HERE

21/11/12 - Bournemouth Accepted Entries

Dear Parents / Swimmers,

Please find attached the confirmed entries and sessions times for Bournemouth. Please can you check these entries and advise Daran of any errors ASAP.

Swim Bournemouth have also asked to highlight the following:
“Please also find attached the confirmed session times and please note in line with the meet conditions they are subject to change on the day. All swimmers must make sure they arrive in plenty of time as we will want to fill any gaps by starting the next sessions warm up straight after the end of the previous session, with the exception of session 1 and 5 when we will be having a 30 min break for lunch ”.

21/11/12 - Training Time Changes Nov'12 - Jan'13

Dear WDSC Members / Parents

Please find attached information sent on behalf of Kevin which details changes to training for the months of Nov, Dec, Jan.

This includes the Christmas Training times.
Note: this is correct, as of today - changes may be made as and when necessary.

More details can be found by CLICKING HERE.

Kind regards

Heather (on behalf of WDSC Committee)

16/11/12 - Timekeeper course for parents and members

Dear Parents / Swimmers,

As you know we rely on volunteers to run our events to support our swimmers and club.

We do need more people to train as timekeepers and are pleased to be able to run a timekeeping course next Tuesday 20th November at the Handy Cross pool.

The course will start at 6.30pm with timekeeping practice poolside at 7pm, (for about 30mins.), there is no cost for volunteers - just your time and enthusiasm to help :)

We ideally need at least 12 parents/club members to train for this, please contact Sharon Longhurst at officials@wycombe-swimming.org.uk to register or if you have any questions

This course is an introduction into the world of the swimming official. It covers the practical aspects of what is required of a timekeeper by means of a short theory session followed by a practical assessment.

To learn more about becoming an official, please follow this link.

11/11/12 - Wycombe District Swimming Club Annual General Meeting 2012

Dear WDSC Members / Parents

Please note that the WDSC Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 27th November at 6.45pm in the PCT room (accessed via cafe) at the Handy Cross pool.

We encourage your attendence - especially of those WDSC members (ie over 16 with an ASA number)

More details can be found by CLICKING HERE, including the minutes of last years AGM and Agenda for this year's meeting.

Kind regards

Heather (on behalf of WDSC Committee)

04/11/12 - Club Champs - we need your help please!

Dear Parents / Swimmers,

Our Annual Club Champs are now only 2 weeks away!!

Hopefully you have already submitted your entries, now the next important request to you.

As you probably know by now, we rely on volunteers to run our events. Club Champs is unique in that it is just for the benefit of our swimmers - offering opportunities for all age groups and as a licensed meet swimmers can get official times. This does mean that volunteers for all roles, including officials need to come from our club.

Please volunteer! Dont worry if you havent done this before - it is a great opportunity to learn, it is appreciated and of course you still see your swimmer compete.
If you are able to volunteer, please email Angela Currie at Currie474@btinternet.com or sign-up on the duties sheet on the Notice Board at the pool
If you are able to help as an official please email Sharon Longhurst at officials@wycombe-swimming.org.uk

Also - we want to re-introduce the opportunity for parents/businesses to sponsor a race or the programme. Minimum sponsor fee is £20. You can name the race whatever you want (within reason) and have an announcement e.g. birthday greetings etc. Please contact Richard Lundie-Sadd at openmeets@wycombe-swimming.org.uk if you would like to sponsor a race.

Thank you

Looking forward to a great WDSC event!

Kind regards

Heather (on behalf of WDSC Committee)

30/10/12 - Countdown to New Squad Structure and Training Timetable

The new Squad Structure and training timetable comes into effect on Monday 5th November.
Squad structure and revised training times are available HERE

19/10/12 - Training This Weekend

Please see below re training sessions this weekend

Saturday Morning

Stroke Improvers - will go ahead as normal in the teaching pool
All other Saturday morning sessions - cancelled

Sunday Morning

Training 7 - 8am for P1, P2, Masters
No training for Club Squad who are expected to be competing in the meet

15/10/12 - Ethan Carter Selected to represent Bucks & South Berks at National County Team Champs!

A big congratulations to Ethan Carter who has been selected to represent our County at the National County Team Champs.

Kicking off the 2012/2013 short course season, the National County Team Champs is an entertaining spectacle of 39 counties battling for territorial pride in this junior one-day event.

Here are some fast facts:
Berkshire & South Bucks will have 24 swimmers representing the County
Last Year our county came 12th in Division One.
Our key border rivals in Division One are Middlesex, Surrey, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and North Bucks
Something to look out for: Lucy Campbell was the top GB finisher at last month’s European Open Water Championships, coming home 11th in the 5km.

Tickets to attend the meet at Ponds Forge are all tickets available on the door - click here for more details.
The event will be live-streamed - CLICK HERE for more details.
Ethan will be competing in Event 110 - Boys 12/13 Yrs 100m Freestyle

Good Luck to Ethan - from everyone at the club!
13/10/12 - Volunteer Helpers for B/C Meet - Briefing

There will be a short briefing for Volunteers at the B/C Meet on the 20/21 October - Please join Richard Lundie-Sadd (Meet Coordinator) at 18:30 on the Balcony (Deep End) for a short pre-meet briefing. This will only last 10-15 mins, and all volunteers are asked to attend, if possible.

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered so far. We still URGENTLY NEED more volunteers to help out at the meet. We cannot run the meet without your help, so if you can spare a couple of hours over the weekend, please come along to the meeting and see how you may be able to help at the Open Meet.

Our Open Meet events are a critical fund raising source for OUR CLUB, and the income generated supplements members fees. Without these meets, the cost of swimming at the club would dramatically increase.

If you are not sure what jobs need doing, or what a specific role entails, come along and find out. The more volunteers we can get, the easier the task of running the meet will be. See you on Tuesday!
13/10/12 - Committee Update

Following this week's committee meeting, we have published the key messages for our members.

CLICK HERE for more information!
06/10/12 - Malta - Meeting for Parents and Swimmers - Tuesday 9th October 8 - 9pm, Handy Cross

Dear Malta Parents and Swimmers

Kevin, Craig, Jancis, Jean and Clare will hold a meeting on Tuesday 9th Oct 8 - 9.00pm to give information to parents and swimmers and answer any questions you may have about the training camp which is fast approaching. The meeting will be held in the PCT room at Handy Cross Sports Centre, this is accessed via the café.

Please can anyone who has any outstanding forms, photographs or a copy of their childs passport that is required, please bring it with them. In the event you can't make the meeting - any key information will be sent to you afterwards.

Kind regards

03/10/12 - Parent Volunteers needed - WDSC Open Meet 20 / 21 st October

Dear Parents / Members,

I hope all of you with swimmers eligible for the B/C Open meet have now returned your entries to the coaches.

Please note that the volunteer sign-up sheets are up on the notice board at Handy Cross ready for you to add your name to help. As a reminder we rely entirely on parents to support the running of the galas and it is the success of the galas which helps our fee structure as well as being great fun for our swimmers and promoting the success of our club.

Our work force co-ordinator Angela Currie will be very happy to meet you on Tuesday evenings at the pool to explain what is involved - it is easy and and its a great way of getting to know people and supporting your club.

Please dont be shy - full instruction provided :)

Kind regards,

03/10/12 - Maggie Ridgway's Funeral Information

Dear Parents / Members,

Maggie’s family have confirmed that her funeral will be on Thursday 4th October at 13.00hrs at the Chilterns Crematorium, Amersham, followed by a celebration of her life at the Kings Church, 15.00-17.00hrs at Desborough Road, High Wycombe, HP11 2PU.

All are welcome, if any of our swimmers are able to attend at Kings Church, please can they dress in their WDSC club tops.

Family flowers only, but a collection will be made for Harefield Hospital Charity.

Any cards may be sent to Hannah, Sarah, David and Jon via Jean Howard. Jean will be at club on Tuesday and will collect and deliver these. Cards may be posted to the family, C/O 19, Robinson Rd, Loudwater, Bucks, HP13 7BL.

Emails to Maggie’s family can be sent via Jean at jeanhoward6@hotmail.co.uk

You may like to look at the lovely obituary in the Bucks Free Press, page 104 or online
21/09/12 - Morning Training Cancelled - Monday 24th September

There is no training on monday 24th September Morning as the Handy Cross Pool will not be open. We were unable to secure the RGS pool at this short notice. Please look out for notifications for details of Monday Evening training. We have the RGS pool on standby - but are hoping we will be able to train as normal at Handy Cross. Apologies for the short notice - but this matter is out of our hands, as the work at Handy Cross is over-running.
21/09/12 - Crawley Open Meet Accepted Entries

For those attending the Crawley Open Meet on 7th October, please find attached the accepted entries for WDSC swimmers. Please CLICK HERE to see the Accepted Entries.
09/09/12 - Venue confirmed for MKJL Round 3

Dear Parents / Members,

We can now confirm that the MKJL Round 3 on Saturday 15th September will be held at Hanworth Air Park Pool (formerly known as Feltham Airparcs). Pool opens at 6pm, warm-up 6.15pm

The postal address is:
Hanworth Air Park Leisure Centre, Uxbridge Road, Hanworth, Middlesex, TW13 5EG

A map to the venue and more information on our league swimming can be found HERE
07/09/12 - Training Schedule During Pool Closure

We are pleased to publish the revised Training Schedule that is now finalised for the period when the Handy Cross Leisure Centre pool will be closed. Swimming Time is being provided at the Royal Grammer School, Princes Risborough Leisure Centre and the Rye Pool in High Wycombe.

A few additional important points to note at RGS:
• Swimmers must be quiet for the early morning sessions - staff sleep in the school house and will not appreciate being woken at 6am
• Best way in is between the library and language block, shown on map
• There is NO voew of the pool for parents/spectators, if waiting you should return to your car
• All rubbish must be removed

Please also note that the planned meeting on 11th September is CANCELLED and will be rescheduled for the 17th Sep, time and location to follow once we have secured a suitable venue.

Please click here to view the revised Training Schedule for this period.
24/08/12 - Morgyn Peters selected for Team GB Paralympic Swimming Team

Morgyn will be representing Great Britain in swimming at his first Paralympics this summer. By the time he swims his first event; Morgyn will have just celebrated his 16th birthday (20th August), and just received his GCSE results!

Morgyn trained full time at WDCS until he won a scholarship to Millfield School 4 years ago, but comes back to train with our P2 squad during the school holidays. He will make his international debut at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, having shown rapid improvement in the S9 classification.

He reached a world ranking of 13 in the 2010 season, peaking with a 1:07.50 personal best to win gold for England South at the UK School Games in Sunderland. After racing sparingly in 2011, he returned to the fold in 2012, blitzing his pbs over 100m Freestyle and his favoured 100m Backstroke. He reached the MC 100m Backstroke final at the 2012 British Gas Swimming Championships and while his personal best effort for fifth in the final was 0.21 seconds short of the competitive Paralympic Selection Time, he sufficiently impressed selectors to be given his debut Paralympic nomination.

The events Morgyn will be competing in are the 100m backstroke on Friday 31st August (his best event) and 100m freestyle on Friday 7th September. He may also be taking part in the medley relay but this has yet to be confirmed.

Morgyn is in the S9 category - the S denotes that the event is freestyle, backstroke or fly, and the 9 denotes the level of physical disability.

This is a huge achievement for Morgyn, and he comments that he is very excited as well as very nervous. He is presently training in Manchester with the Paralympic swimming squad, and moves to the Olympic Village later this week to familiarise in the Aquatics Centre before the Games begin on August 29th.

Did you know?
He isn't the first in his family to be involved with disability sport - his grandad played a pivotal role in Disability Golf in Wales.
While he lives in Beaconsfield and trains at Millfield, he was born in Cardiff and became an inaugural member of the Disability Sport Wales Academy in 2006.

We would like to wish Morgyn the very best of luck from all of his friends at Wycombe District Swimming Club!

15/07/12 - New Preliminary 2012-2013 Fixtures

2012/2013 Fixture Update

The Club is busy planning fixtures for the new season, and a number of swimmers have been requesting the updated fixture list.
This has now been posted on the club calendar and is available for download on the club website HERE.

The current list will be updated and amended in August, once our new Head Coach has met with all of the coaching staff in August, but the current list provides an initial framework for the upcoming season. There will be additional Open Meet Fixtures added for the November, December and January months, but many clubs have not yet released the full details of their meets at this time.

Our new coaching team would like to assure Parents and Swimmers that there will be plenty of opportunities to attain times for Counties, Regionals and Nationals. These times will be achieved as a result of the new training program, but in November, December and January. Not September or October when swimmers will have just returned from the summer break and may well be unfit. During these months there will be a complete focus on training for all squads, in order build fitness and performance to achieve good times in the subsequent fixtures, which are being organised by the coaching staff.

Kevin Brooks (our new Head coach) would like to advise parents, that swimmers should not enter open meets that are not supported by the club. He will be introducing his training and competition rationale and philosophy during Squad and Club Meetings that will be scheduled to take place during the summer pool closure period. In these sessions both Kevin and Craig will clearly outline how they see training and competitions working together as part of an overall managed program, to ensure our swimmers achieve their maximum potential.

The current fixture list should be viewed as a draft and subject to change, as further Open Meet details are released and we get into the new swimming season.

Kind regards

WDSC Committee (on behalf of Kevin Brooks)
08/07/12 - Volunteers wanted for WDSC stall at Wycombe Community Festival and Olympic Live Site - 5th August

Dear Parents/Members,

We have a great opportunity to promote our club by having a stall at the Wycombe Council Community Festival and Olympic Live Site which will be held at the Rye on Sunday 5th August.

Can you and/or your swimmer help on the stand for a couple of hours between 12 - 7pm?
If you are interested in helping please speak to Jancis Shepherd or email Jancis by clicking here tony@tshepherd.fsnet.co.uk

We really appreciate your help in supporting WDSC at this event!

The event sounds like it will be a fun day and is free! The description below is from the council website.
This day long festival, which will take place between 12pm to 8pm on Sunday 5 August, and will be a cultural celebration for all the family, focusing on sport, art, music and community life. The festival will also host an 80ft LED screen as one of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Community Live Sites, one of four in Buckinghamshire. Scheduled Olympic events on the day include the finals in the badminton competition at Wembley Arena, Olympic marathon, sailing, women's 400m final, the men's omnium, women's boxing and of course the men's 100m final.

There will be a large number of free sports activities on offer with support from a vast range of local community clubs. It is a completely free event to attend and there is no need to book. Make sure you feel a part of the Olympic Games this summer and experience a great atmosphere in your own district.

Kind regards

WDSC Committee
05/07/12 - June Records Update

There was plenty of action in the backstroke this month.

Millie Sansome1150 BACK LC36.49CrawleyDanielle Kidd 36.66
Danielle Kidd11100 BACK LC1:15.32CrawleyDanielle Kidd 1:19.65
Danielle Kidd11100 BACK SC1:15.09AyelsburyCordelia Wilson 1:15.61
Danielle Kidd11200 BACK SC2:40.28AyelsburyCordelia Wilson 2:42.56
Cameron Brooker10200 BACK LC2:49.51CrawleyLiam Jones 2:55.00

Danielle Kidd1150 BACK LC36.5436.49
Millie Sansome11200 BACK SC2:42.792:40.28
Millie Sansome11100 FREE SC1:08.761:07.87
Beth Hirst1550 FREE SC28.7228.28

The Henley swim was delayed until next month because of strong stream. We have several swimmers looking to set best times.
Andrew Allum became the fastest Wycombe swimmer over the 10km Olympic distance in a time of 2:22.25. He also set the fastest (and only) time over the 25km distance with 6:16.16.

Swimmers - NEW - to the All time top 10:
Beth Hirst, Connor Lewis, Emily Cannon, Ethan Carter, Francine Kidd, George Longhurst, Isabelle Baxter, Isabelle Shea, Josh Howard, Josie Searle, Lauren Jones, Sarah Collin.

Congratulations to everyone!

More detasils can be found on our CLUB RECORDS PAGE

Andrew Allum
05/07/12 - Summer Training Schedule


Training as normal up to and including Sunday 29th July
30th July to 31st August only weekday afternoon/evening training and weekend morning training with the exception of 4/5 and 11/12 August when there is no training August 27th Bank Holiday to be confirmed once pool opening times known
Stroke improvers dates to be confirmed


Last session Thursday 26th July, restarts Thursday 16th August
05/07/12 – Maxwell Open Meet News

Wycombe swimmers took part in the recent Maxwell Summer Open Meet with 15 year old Issy Baxter being the star of the Wycombe swimmers. Izzy took home 5 Gold & 4 Silver Medals, all 9 done with personal best times! not to be out-shon; other swimmers from Wycombe with outstanding swims were:

Girls 13yo Emily Cannon (2Gold/1Silver)
10yo Madeline Clark (1Silver)
15yo Sarah Collin (1Silver/3Bronze)
13yo Isla Currie (1Gold)
15yo Beth Hirst (2Gold/1Silver/2Bronze)
12yo Lauren Jones (1Gold/1Silver)
10yo Naveesha Karunanayaka (3Gold/3Silver/2Bronze)
11yo Danielle Kidd (2Silver/1Bronze)
15yo Francine Kidd (4Gold/2Silver/1Bronze)
10yo Eleanor Meadows (1Bronze)
11yo Millie Sansome (1Gold/1Silver/1Bronze)
11yo Isabelle Shae (1Bronze)
14yo Imogen Shepherd (1Gold/2Bronze)
14yo Chloe Summers (1Gold/3 Silver)
12yo Hannah Summers (1Gold/1Silver/1Bronze)

13yo Ethan Carter (1Gold/1Silver/2Bronze)
14yo Harry Engall (1Bronze)
16yo Kieran Evans (1Gold/2Bronze)
17yo Mitchell Green (7Silver)
14yo Chris Harbour (4Gold/4Silver/1Bronze)
10yo Patrick Kenny (3Gold/2Bronze)
15yo Josh Howard (1Gold/1Silver)
15yo Connor Lewis (1Gold/2Bronze)
16yo Josh Lewis (1Gold/1Silver)
12yo Oliver Ross (2Gold/1Silver/1Bronze)
10yo Tom Ross (1Silver)
9yo Thomas Sansome (1Silver)
12yo Zach Scannell (1Bronze)
10yo Daniel Simpson (3Gold/5Silver)

Totalling an outstanding 39 Gold, 46 Silver and 23 Bronze Medals!

With over 90% of all swims being personal bests, this was a fantastic meet for the Wycombe Swimmers.
30/06/12 - P1/P2 Additional training kit required

Please note that swimmers in P1 and P2 will need additional equipment for training sessions starting 1st September as detailed below:

Forward facing snorkel

½ sized Foam Roller (15cm x 45cm)

Pink resistive bands (thera bands 1.5m)

Mailsports already have the snorkels/bands and are in the process of sourcing the rollers. These should be available next week on Tuesday club night 3rd July, or alternatively visit Mailsports shop in Bourne End

Visit Mailsports
30/06/12 – Malta Fundraising Raffle

Dear Parents/Members,

As you know WDSC are organising an intensive training camp for swimmers later this year. Parents and swimmers have been actively fundraising towards the costs of this. Elaine Marshall will be selling raffle ticket at Handy Cross on Tuesday evenings from 3rd July, 2012. The tickets are priced at £1.00 per ticket and all proceeds go to the swimmers attending the Summer Training Camp in Malta. The draw will be made mid August, we have secured some great prizes!

List of Malta fundraising raffle prizes:

Spa day for 2 with lunch at Crown Plaza - Crowne Plaza, Marlow
Free MOT - Platts Ford, Marlow
Ice skating for 3 - Absolutely Ice, Slough
£10 voucher - Halls of Hazlemere
Hellfire caves - Family ticket
1 batch of ironing - Speedy Iron
3 months Membership to Marlow club from Oct The Marlow Club
Meal for 2 - Moms Diner, High Wycombe
Odds Farm - Family tickets
Rebecca Adlington - Signed A4 photo
Crate of beer - Rebellion Brewery
Golden Family Ticket - Roald Dahl Museum
UK paintball tickets - UK Paintball
2 £10 vouchers - Wycombe Nail Bar
Signed Wasps Shirt - London Wasps
Large Teddy Bear
4 Tickets for any home game inc. Executive Bar passes - London Wasps
Family bowling - AMF Bowling

Please helps support our swimmers

Kind regards,

Malta Parents/Swimmers

28/05/12 - South East Regional Age Group Championships - 26th & 27th May - Crawley K2 Leisure Centre

Wycombe Junior Age Group Swimmers took part in the first weekend of the South East Region swimming championships at the K2 leisure centre in Crawley, over the 26th & 27th May. There were some very encouraging swims being produced by the young Wycombe swimmers.

Some of the highlights were:
10yo Cameron Brooker coming 5th in the 10yo Boys 200Free & 7th in the 10yo Boys 200IM.
14yo Beth Hirst came 7th in the 14yo Girls 100Free.
12yo Lauren Jones did an excellent long-course PB also in the 100Free (12yo).
14yo Chris Harbour in his first ever regional championships qualified for the Boys 200Fly Final finishing in 5th place.
The main highlight of the weekend came from 13yo George Longhurst producing an excellent PB in the 200Fly of 2:27.9 to take the Silver Medal.

Other swimmers competing for the club all made some excellent improvements on their PB times. The second weekend of the championships will take place at the same venue on June 9th & 10th.

Full Results of the Regionals can be found at The South East Region Website

Thank you,
Mick & Craig
28/05/12 – Milton Keynes Junior League - Round 1 Results

Milton Keynes Junior League Round 1
Venue: Aqua Vale, Aylesbury
Date: 26th May 2012

Wycombe's junior swimmers took part in the first round of the Milton Keynes Junior League on Saturday - which proved to be a very exciting competition with the lead changing between Wycombe and Stains throughout the competition. Stains eventually narrowly won this first round clash, with the Wycombe swimmers in a very close 2nd.

The were some very good individual swims coming from: Cameron Brooker, Amy Soanes, Megan Harris, Tom Lundie-Sadd, Mille Sansome, Jack Wakely, Tom Sansome, Josie Searle & Danielle Kidd. We also had strong depth in the relays.

Wycombe swimmers took 19 1st place slots (the highest number of 1st places on the night) and 12 2nd places.To finish overall in 2nd, the club are now looking forward to the 2nd round in July.

More details about the Milton Keynes Junior League and the next rounds can be found on our League Swimming Page.

Mick & Craig
28/05/12 - Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend Training Schedule

Please find below details of the training session times for the June Bank Holiday / Diamond Jubilee

Saturday 2nd - Training as normal
Sunday 3rd - Training CANCELLED (masters optional)
Monday 4th - Club Squad/P1/P2 8:30-10:30AM
Tuesday 5th
- Transition 1&2 8:30-9:30AM
- Junior Development 9:30-10:30AM
- Junior Squad 9:00-10:30AM
- P1/P2. 5:00-7:00PM

16/05/12 – WDSC Sprint Meet & a visit from Cllr K Woods

Copyright: Anita Ross Marshall Wycombe District Swimming Club held 6th Annual Long Course Sprint Meet at the Wycombe Sports Centre over the weekend, with more than 500 swimmers from 30 clubs from all over the region.

Wycombe District Swimming Club were very pleased to invite four swimmers from Moldavia who are training at Handy Cross Sports Centre before trying to qualify for the Olympics.

This year, the standard was higher than ever, with the introduction of 100 and 50 metre sprints.

The Wycombe swimmers performed very well, achieving a 114 medals; 46 Gold, 43 Silver and 25 Bonze medals.. We would also like to congratulate Barking & Dagenham Aquatics who won the top visiting club.

With far too many Wycombe medal winners to name in this report, here are the highlights:
Ethan Carter (13) achieved 3 Gold & 1 Silver
Cameron Brooker (10) grabbed 7 Golds
Millie Sansom (11), Chris Harbour (14), Lewis Ball (13) and Luke Thomas (15) all with outstanding swims and numerous medals, this was an outstanding day for the Wycombe Swimmers.

We were also very pleased to welcome Wycombe Councillor: Cllr K Woods who came along to congratulate the Wycombe swimmers who gain medals at this year’s County Swimming Championships at Maidenhead.

During Cllr Wood’s visit the she was impressed with the standard of swimming and Wycombe Swimming Club were keen to talk Cllr Wood through their plans to support the Council to develop the new sports centre, with a 50 meter pool, into a regional centre of excellence and how they have started this process by recruiting a new coaching team.

The 6th Annual Wycombe Sprint Meet was well received and Wycombe are now looking forward to inviting all those sprint swimmers to its two day swimming meet in October.
04/05/12 - April Records Update

There were no new club records this month, however Millie Sansome came very close to the Girls 11 Yr 200 Backstoke SC record - 2:43.91, just outside the current record of 2:42.56

Swimmers making the All-time Top 10 include: Bethany Hirst, Cameron Brooker, Christopher Harbour, Millie Sansome, Emily Cannon, Emily Gladding, Ethan Carter, George Longhurst, Hannah Summers, Imogen Shepherd, Isabelle Baxter, James Baxter, Josie Searle, Katherine Cannon.


Last month I listed swimmers from the entirety of the club archives and have since been asked about more details about our current swimmers. Remember that those I included last time had, in most cases been ten years or more at the club to work their way through the age groups setting records as they went. Most of these below have only had a few years competing.

Hannah Krasner4
Olivia Ball5
Rachael Cox7
Cameron Brooker8
George Longhurst9
Connor Lewis12
Josie Searle12
Danielle Kidd14
Emily Cannon14
Lauren Jones15
Millie Sansome44
Liam Jones77

Full information can be found at the Club Records Page

Please don't hesitate to contact me, if you have any questions.

Andrew Allum
29/04/12 – No Morning Training Bank Holiday Monday 7th May 2012

Dear Parents/Members,

Please be advised that there will be no morning training sessions on Monday 7th May due to the Public Holiday. The Monday evening sessions will continue as normal.

Kind regards

WDSC Committee

09/04/12 - City of Milton Keynes Spring Open Meet 28th & 29th April

The City of Milton Keynes Swimming Club have published their Accepted and Rejected entries for their upcoming open meet.
Please check to see if your swimmer has been rejected from any events.

If your swimmer has been rejected, you do have the option of withdrawing from other events, due to a swimmer being scratched All rejected entries will receive a full refund or credit. Additionally all withdrawals notified to David Webber by Friday 13th April due to a swimmer’s rejection from other events will also receive a full refund. Full information can be found at the City of Milton Keynes Website
07/04/12 – Club Records - March Round-Up

The two record breakers this month have both set their very first club record. Well done to Lara and Fiona!


Lara Reed 1350 BREASTSTROKE LC39.48Cardiff39.68 Ana Pickin
Fiona Shaw 17400 FREESTYLE SC34:30.20Maidenhead4:30.88 Francesca Wright


Josie Searle 1150 BREASTSTROKE LC41.0640.94
Danielle Kidd 1150 BACKSTROKE SC34.9634.85

A Number of swimmers made it into the All-Time Top 10 for their Age-Groups

Abby Matthews, Amy Soanes, Cameron Brooker, Chloe Summers, Connor Lewis, Daniel Manners, Emilia Sansome, Emily Gladding, Fiona Gladding, Francine Kidd, George Longhurst, Hannah Summers, Hannah Williams, Imogen Shepherd, Isabelle Baxter, Joshua Howard, Joshua Lewis, Katherine Cannon, Liam Jones, Luke Thomas, Madeline Clark, Morgyn Peters, Natasha Garry, Naveesha Karunanayaka, Oliver Ross, Patrick Kenny, Rachel Cox, Sarah Collin, Thomas Ross

Congratulations to all these swimmers!

As an update, our MOST PROFILIC CLUB RECORD SETTERS 1984-2012 so far are:

Liam JonesCurrent P2 Swimmer77
Stephanie WilsonGB Finalist92
Kirstin ThysNee Robertson, former WDSC Assistant Coach92
Samuel StraughanCompeted at Olympic Trials last month123
James CrawfordPhil from MAilsports - son156
Katie AmbridgeNow Loughborough University163
Alex VineFormer WDSC Assistant Coach165
Andrew AllumCurrent Masters Swimmer170
Simon BurnettOlympic Finalist225
Francesca WrightOnce went an entire year without missing a session!247

Congratulations to all of our record holders - keep them coming! Don't forget to check our records page for updates.

Andrew Allum
Records Secretary
01/04/12 - Henley Classic - Open Water Swim - 24th July 2012

Fancy some Open Water swimming?
THE HENLEY CLASSIC is a 2.1 km endurance upstream River Thames swimming event, held over the Henley Royal Regatta course, very early on the Sunday morning before the Wednesday start of Henley Royal Regatta.
Minimum Age is 14 on the Day

Entries open today and this event usually sells out very quickly, so make sure you get your entries in.
Andrew Allum from the club (Masters) is hopeful we can get some swimmers into the Elite Wave category.
Entry Times are: Boys 1500m 18:00.00 and Girls 800m 10:30.00.

Last year Allanah from WDSC won bronze in the Junior Girls category!

More details can be found at the found at the Henley Classic Website.

Event organisers: Henley Swim
21/03/12 – County Championships 2012

All the news from County Championships 2012 is available here
We will continue to update this page, as we get more results and news from all sessions.
21/3/12 - Notice to Parents - Change in Membership Secretary Role

Dear Parents/Members,
Please see below important changes to volunteer roles.
We have a new Membership Secretary Lucy Spooner – Lucy will take care of all matters relating to New Membership.
Sarah Killalea will continue to work with the Billing, ASA and movements between squads for existing members.
April’s bills will be sent from the new email address - Billing@wycombe-swimming.org.uk rather than sarah.wdsc@btinternet.com - once the bills have been sent out in April all emails should be sent to the new email address and members should no longer use the sarah.wdsc email.

We would like to thank Sarah for all the work she has done as Membership Secretary and for her continuing with the important work of billing and also to welcome Lucy as new Membership secretary

Lucy can be reached at membership@wycombe-swimming.org.uk WDSC Committee

Please be advised that in line with the Handy Cross Pool opening times the training over the Easter period will be as follows:

• Friday 6th April - no training in the morning, evening training sessions will go ahead as normal
• Saturday 7th April - no training
• Sunday 8th April - no training
• Monday 9th April - no training in the morning, evening training sessions will go ahead as normal

06/03/12 – WDSC Juniors in action - 2nd Place in the TVJL B Final and Hillingdon Meet Report

52 of WDSC's 8-12 year olds were in action on Saturday March 3rd at Amersham and Hillingdon.

At Amersham in the final round of the Thames Valley Junior League Wycombe Juniors produced some fine swims to take 2nd place in the B Final for 2012.
Relay winners for Wycombe saw the 10yr girls medley team of:
taking 1st place with Naveesha following it up with an individual win in her 50m Backstroke in 39.95s. There were a number of other individual wins with 1st place going to:
11yr ABBY MATTHEWS in the 50m Breaststroke - 43.42s
OLIVER ROSS in the 50m Butterfly - 36.89s
12 yr KATE LEES 50m Butterfly 34.29s.

On the same evening 22 Wycombe Junior swimmers age 8-12 swam for many of them in their very 1st competition away from their home pool and excelled themselves with 84 Personal Best Times from 89 swims!
GOLD MEDALS went to :
8yr ADAM SEARLE 25 m Backstroke 21.70
8yr TOM SANSOME 25m Butterfly 20.46
9yr CLAUDIA MURA 50 Backstroke 54.18
10yr ANAIS AINSLIE 50 Backstroke 50.53
11yr JADE MACKAY 50 Backstroke 45.65 and 50 Breaststroke 49.89
DANIEL ANSTEY 100 I.M. 1.50.51

SILVER MEDALS went to: 8yr TOM SANSOME 25m Back
HENRY CLARK 25m Free and Breast
9yr HOLlIE RICHARDS 25 Breast
10yr MAIA GEHRMAN 50 Butterfly
11yr DANIEL ANSTEY 50 Breast

10yr NATALIE MACKAY 50 Breast

Some of our swimmers went so much faster than their entry time they went into B Grade Times making it much harder to medal against much faster swimmers. It is a hard lesson to learn that a PERSONAL BEST TIME is more important than a medal! Angeiina Ainslie was one of those 10 yr olds who just went into B Grade and missed out on the medals her twin sister picked up! but her time 39.81 for 50m Freestyle is worthy of a mention!

Congratulations to all of our Junior Swimmers on a great performance!
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19/2/12 - Notice to Parents/Swimmers in P1 and P2 Squads – Warm Weather Training Camp

We are pleased to announce that we are planning a warm weather training camp for selected swimmers in the performance squads.
To be considered for this opportunity swimmers must be aged 12 or over and demonstrate a high level of commitment to training and an understanding that this needs to be sustained over the coming months to ensure that the swimmers can manage the high level of training involved at the camp.

The venue will be Malta during the Autumn half term (26th October to 2nd November). Total cost will be £720 per swimmer for 35 swimmers. This includes all flights, transfers, hotel accommodation on a full board basis, transfers between the hotel and pool and travel insurance.

Please can parents ensure that their swimmers indicate their interest in being considered for this opportunity to Mick as soon as possible and no later than 24th February.

For swimmers selected a deposit of £270 will be payable to the club by bank transfer or cash, by 5th March to cover flight and accommodation deposits. The remaining balance of £450 to be paid over 5 months at £90 per month payable on the 1st of each month.

Once we have a list of swimmers interested and considered suitable by their coach to attend we will hold a meeting with parents to provide further logistics details.

WDSC Committee
15/02/12 – WDSC Open Meet 2012 Report

WDSC's Annual Level 1 Open Meet took place at Handy Cross leisure centre on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th February, with over 400 swimmers from more than 50 swimming clubs from all over the country taking part. City of Leicester took the top visiting club trophy after the two days of competition, just nudging the City of Oxford into second place.

Wycombe Swimmers had a successfull weekend taking 12 gold, 24 silver and 21 bronze medals.

Some of the outstanding swims of the weekend from wycombe swimmers were:

10 year old Josie Searle taking gold in the 50m breastroke in an excellent time of 42.02
13 year old George Longhurst and 14 year old Luke Thomas swam exceptionally well in the boys 200m Butterfly in very good personal best times.

Other medallists for Wycombe club were:
14 year old James Anstey, brother and sister James and Izzy Baxter, 14 year old Sarah Collin, and 9 year old L Brune.
9 year old Emily Gladding also had a successfull weekend winning 1 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze.

Isla Currie, Harry Engle, Natasha Garry, Beth Hurst, Dan Holbart, Josh Howard, Lauren and Liam Jones, Danielle and Francine Kidd, Navisha Karunanayaka, Tom Lundy Sadd, Dan Manners, Ollie and Tom Ross, Cameron Roberts, Millie Sansome and Fiona Shaw were the other Wycombe medallists of the weekend.

Our next meet at WDSC will be our Sprint Meet in May. Details of all upcoming WDSC Meets can be found here.

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14/2/12 - WDSC Junior Team brave the snow for Round 2 - Thames Valley Junior League

A brave team of 9-12 year olds travelled to Maidenhead for Rd.2 of the Thames Valley Junior League. Even before the snow, we were a very depleted team with only 2 10 yr Girls left - our gallant 9yr olds EMILY GLADDING and ANNIE WEDDELL stepped into the gap and swam all the 10 yr relays as well as their own!

Individual Best Times were recorded by 10 yr FINLAY GREEN 50 Breaststroke, Maddie Clark 50 Butterfly taking 3 seconds off from Rd.1, and Naveesha Karunanyaka & Patrick Kenny 50 Freestyle, 11yr Ayodele Evanson 50 Fly and Jonathan Jelfs 50 Backstroke, 12 yr Emma Brune 50 Back and Rebecca Hill 50 Breaststroke. Several swimmers never made it home that night and had to camp out at freinds or relatives so lets hope all the snow has gone by March 3rd for the Final Round where Wycombe will be swimming at Amersham in the B Final resting our A team Juniors for Counties and the Summer Milton Keynes National Junior League.
14/02/12 – Record number of County Entries

Once again we have submitted a record number of County entries for the club, with 65 swimmers entering 537 events between them. This is an increase of 62 events on last year.
Congratulations to all the swimmers listed below who have achieved individual Consideration times. (with the number of entries by their name).
Also, well done to all those swimmers who have trained hard, but narrowly missed out on their times. Keep up the good work.

Details of County Qualifiers can be found here

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13/2/12 - New Club Records Achieved at WDSC Open Meet 2012

Josie Searle beats her own record and Danielle Kidd takes over a 15 years held and 10 years held Club LC Records

The records keep coming at WDSC, following 15 new Handy Cross Course Records, 2 of our own Girls managed to set new Club Long Course Records over the weekend.

Josie Searle managed to beat her own record in the Girls 10 YR Breaststroke (previously set in November 2011 at the Club Champs [45.46]) with a phenomenal 42.08 time.

Danielle Kidd managed to displace two long held records in the 50 Backstroke (previously set in November 2002 by Cordelia Wilson [37.30]) with a time of 36.66 and the 100 Backstroke (previously set in May 1997 by Francesca Wright [1:20.26]) with a time of 1:19.65.

Congratulations to Josie and Danielle on a great performance at the weekend!

All Club and Course Records can be found at The Club Records Page

12/02/12 – Handy Cross Course Records smashed at WDSC Open Meet 2012.

The WDSC Annual Open Meet at Handy Cross delivered some great results, with 15 course records being beaten during the course of the day.

Congratulations to

Millie Furneaux, Girls 16 & Under - 100 Breaststroke in 1:15.59
Hannah Burville, Girls 16 & Under - 50 Backstroke in 31.42
Zarah Ryan, Girls 13 Yrs - 200 Breaststoke in 2:54.57
Zarah Ryan, Girls 13 Yrs - 200 Butterfly in 2:26.27
Charlotte George, Girls 12 Yrs – 50 Butterfly in 32.46
Holly Hibbert, Girls 12 Yrs - 200 Freestyle in 2:12.02 Tom Dean, Boys 11 Yrs – 50 Breaststroke in 38.85
Tom Dean, Boys 11 Yrs - 200 IM in 2:38.38
Josie Searle, Girls 10 Yrs - 50 Breaststroke in 42.08
Matthew Ferguson, Boys 10 Yrs - 50 Backstroke in 37.22
Ollie Tavener, Boys 10 Yrs - 50 Breaststroke in 40.40
Thomas Smith, Boys 10 Yrs - 200 Butterfly in 3:11.67
Natasha Fenton, Girls 9 Yrs - 200 Breaststroke in 3:37.58
Lois Ryan, Girls 9 Yrs - 200 Butterfly in 3:53.10
Joshua Curtis, Boys 9 Yrs - 200 Breaststroke in 3:38.74
All Club and Course Records can be found at The Club Records Page

Congratulations to the new Record Holders!

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09/02/12 - Introducing Meet Mobile for WDSC Galas

get Meet Mobile from iTunes, it's a free app WDSC February Open Meet trials new iPhone and iPad App for live results streaming.

With the explosion of iPhone popularity there has come an avalanche of "apps" to help people do everything they could imagine. Now a free application called Meet Mobile, designed by The Active Network, will influence how fans follow their favourite sport.

WDSC will use the app in conjunction with swimming meets, held at Handy Cross Leisure Centre, including the upcoming Level 1 Open Meet.

The app will display meet results in real time as Meet Manager (software used by those running the meet to keep track of event times) receives data from the electronic timing system in place. The results will then be streamed live as long as an Internet connection is available. The free Meet Mobile app, which can be downloaded for the iPhone, iPad, or iTouch, can display the results of each of the event swimmers.

Please note that we will be using this system for the first time this weekend!

Get your 'Meet Mobile' from the Apple App Store. Meet Mobile is a free app.

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02/02/12 - County Championship Relay Teams have been announced.

Click here to see the line up.

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27/1/12 - A Night of Awards

Celebration and Recognition at the Annual Presentation Evening.

Wycombe District Swimming Club members gathered at the Vere Suite, Adams Park in Wycombe to celebrate the achievements of our swimmers at the annual Club Presentation evening on the 27th January 2012.

This year the room was packed, with Parents and swimmers looking forward to receiving their awards following the recent club championships in 2011. Club Chairman - Steve Vine - started the proceedings, by welcoming the swimmers and their families to what seems to be the biggest event yet, commenting that it was great to see such great active participation in the club by its members. He then handed over to Pip Collin who MC's the event, as the Club presented over 165 awards to swimmers who took part in Club Champs, followed by the Annual Top Boy and Top Girls awards. After this the proceedings moved onto the Coach's "Progress Awards" for those swimmers who had shown commitment to training and worked hard to progress during the year, there was one award for each squad.

After the awards, Steve said a few words, thanking the Coaches for another great year of swimming success as the club continues to grow and progress, with great achievements during the last year. He also thanked the committee for their hard work keeping the club running; commenting that we currently had a strong group of volunteer parents on the committee at this time. Steve finished by thanking all of the parents who had helped the club in any way during the year, at Open Meets, Galas, and much more. He also urged all of the parents to get involved and help run and shape their club for the future.

The proceedings then moved on to thanking our Assistant Coach - ALEX VINE - as he prepares to leave the club to move on to pastures new. Swimmers from the club spoke of how Alex had inspired them to swim and keep swimming, and made some fun of Alex's motivational techniques; which they clearly all enjoy. Alex was presented with a number of gifts from all of the swimmers in the club, including a Red Letter Day Voucher, a Wii and much more. It was emotional, but a fitting way to thank Alex for his dedication and time at the club - he will be missed.

The evening wrapped up with a disco and the swimmers danced and had fun into the evening.

Awards from the evening:

Congratulations to our Progress Award Winners!

F. Shaw, D. Manners, J. Baxter, L. Reed, T. Lundie-Sadd, R. Hill, P. Kenny,
N. Karunanayaka, E. Harris, J. Wakefield, R. Bagwell, J. MacKay, S. Gay, K. Bromley

And extended congratulations to all of our swimmers.
14/01/12 Wycombe's Junior Swimmers Compete at Barnet' Distance Meet

After a busy Saturday evening several of Wycombe's Junior Swimmers were off to Barnet Copthall pool to swim in a Distance Meet.

Wycombe had 12 400 I.M. swims with 10 P.B.'s and 3 GOLD Medallists 14 yr old ISSY BAXTER 5.37.04
13 yr LARA REED 5.54.98 and 14 yr CHRIS HARBOUR 5.34.76 both in COUNTY Qualifying Times and 11 yr OLIVER ROSS 6.22.05 5th also in a County Time
400 Freestyle saw 14 Girls and 10 Boys compete 13 PB'S for Girls and 10 for the Boys!
10 yr PATRICK KENNY 6.11.13 COUNTY QT. 4th place
13 yr LARA REED 5.17.50 PB COUNTY QT Bronze medal
14 yr IMOGEN SHEHERD 4.56.91 GOLD Medal
200 I.M. saw 9 Girls and 7 Boys Compete
6 PB's for the girls and 7 for the Boys
11 yr AMY SOANES 3.06.25 an improved COUNTY QT

Altogether a very successful meet with many Junior Swimmers gaining valuable experience in the longer events.

And surviving in the coldest pool both in and out of the water! Parents Tracksuit bottoms really are an important part of their Kit!

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Don't Miss Our Annual Club Presentation Evening

Friday 27th January 2012 at the Vere Suite, Adams Park, High Wycombe, HP12 4HJ

We will hold our annual Club presentation evening on Friday 27th January. This will take place at Adams Park, in the Vere suite, arrival at 7pm for a 7.30 start of the presentations. Every member who swam in the Club Champs will receive something at this event – so don't miss it.

See who wins Top Boy and Top Girl in your age group, who will the coaches award their "Progress Awards" to and much more.

It will be a great evening and a chance for Members, Parents and all the coaching staff to celebrate and recognise the achievements of our swimmers and club and to enjoy a social evening with friends.

And don't miss the chance to "strut your stuff" on the dance floor with our disco for the young (and young at heart!)

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South East Regional Championships

3rd & 4th December 2011

10 Wycombe swimmers took part in the South East Regional Championships last weekend many experiencing their first youth championships swimming against some of Englands top swimmers. Wycombe swimmers came away with some notable long course P.Bs, Conner Lewis had some good swims in the 50m & 100m Fly in 28.6 & 1 02 2 respectively. 14 year old Liam Jones swimming against much older swimmers also swam well in the 50m Fly & 50m Backstroke. Fiona Shaw also swimming P.Bs in the 200m Free & 100m Fly.

Francine Kidd also in her first Regional Championships also had Long Course P.Bs in 50m Fly & 100m Backstroke whilst Beth Hurst acheived Long Course P.Bs in the 100m Fly & 100m Free.

All swimmers taking part will take away from the meet a good learning experience and should spur them on to be more dedicated and committed traing so that they can move on to the next level in their competitive careers.

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Wycombe Triumph in Kelkheim

Coach Vine plays the Trump Card

A team of 17 from Wycombe District Swimming Club travelled to High Wycombe's twin town, Kelkheim in Germany, for the weekend to take part in the 39th Internationales Kelkheimer Weihnachtsschwimen at Hofheim Rhein-Main Therme. Wycombe club swimmers have been going to Kelkheim to compete several years before the towns were were twinned in the 1980's.

This year, the swimmers once again excelled in the cold fast water of the Hofheim pool and came home with 29 individual gold, 25 silver and 13 bronze medals. There were also two golds and silvers plus a bronze in the relays. The team produced 75 personal best times from 100 individual swims.

The star of the show was 16-year-old Dan Manners who brought home a grand total of six golds and one silver medal. His amazing form earned him a county qualifying time in 200m IM, 200 and 400m freestyle and the 200m backstroke.

Other exceptional performances came from Tom Lundie-Sadd, 11, who won the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle and did the same in the first three distances for backstroke. Lewis Ball, 13, won the 100m races in all four strokes and the 200m individual medley in a county qualifying time. Jasmine Boffin took gold in the 100m butterfly and silver in 200m and 100m backstroke, the latter in a county time. Charlotte Hole, 14, swiming away from home for the 1st time, won a gold plus two silvers and two bronze. David Howard, 15, took the 400m freestyle, 100m breaststoke & 200m IM.

The trump card was entering coach/swimmer Alex Vine in the 100m Breaststroke, which he won in a time of 1.08.60. He then helped out in the relays swimming with Dan Hobart, David Howard & Dan Manners to win the 4x100 Individual Medley. This is a special Christmas relay for the meet and we have never beaten Kelkheim before in this event! Jade Ashton, Kate Bromley, Jasmine Boffin and Alanah Bagwell took silver in their equivalent event. In the 4x50 freestyle relay the boys had to be content with second to Kelkheim.

Individual silvers went to Hattie Manners, Ayodele Evanson, Laura Bromley and Jade Ashton, with Megan Langley completing the medal table with her bronze.

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Committee Meeting Key Messages - December 2011

The first Meeting of the newly constituted Committee was held on 14th December.

Membership comprises of:
Steve Vine (Chairman)
Chris Ross (Vice Chair)
Simon Shaw (Secretary)
Mick Wakely (Head Coach)
Sharon Longhurst (Officials)
Lawrence Summers (Treasurer)
Jancis Shepherd (Welfare)
Angela Currie (Work Force Organiser)*
Heather Cox (Communications)*
(*New Members)

o We aim to increase communication with parents and swimmers in 2012 with the launch of our new WDSC Website early next year. We welcome your ideas for improvement.

o We recognise the importance of ensuring continuity in the training programs for our swimmers and will work together with coaches to plan and manage changes in 2012.

o Several swimmers are regularly missing training sessions, with average in some squads as below 50% of sessions!
o Parents – please encourage and support your swimmers
o Swimmers – Your commitment will make the difference to your performance

o WDSC swimmers have achieved both personal and team success with more county (62), regional (12) and national (2) qualifiers than in the previous year. We look forward to further growth of the club and success of our swimmers in 2012.

o This will be held on Friday 27th January 2012 at Adams Park so hold the date! More details to come in 2012.

Wishing all swimmers, coaches and parents a Happy Christmas and a successful 2012!

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• Henley Classic Entries Open

Open Water swim

Entries are now open for the Henley Classic 2.1km open water swim to be held on Sunday 24th June 2012.

Swimmers must enter now if they wish to have any chance of taking part as the event is likely to be massively oversubscribed.

Entries are particularly sought from Under 18s.

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• Milton Keynes Junior League 2011 - Round 2

Competition Report

After a very last minute change of venue Wycombe District Junior Swimmers headed for Windsor Leisure Pool to compete in Rd. 2 of the Milton Keynes & District Junior League.

Having won the 1st round, Wycombe knew they would face tougher opposition. It was certainly very close all the way through the evening and Wycombe were unfortunate to get 2 careless disqualifications which cost them top spot!

On the night, the biggest honours went to 10yr old JOSIE SEARLE who swam to 1st place in 50m Breaststroke in 43.52, a P.B. She was also joined by Maddie Clark, Millie Sansome and Eleanor Meadows who took 1st in their Medley Relay in a time of 1.14.98.

On the night, the biggest honours went to 10-year-old Josie Searle, who swam to first place in 50m Breaststroke in a personal best time of 43.52. She was joined by Maddie Clark, Millie Sansome and Eleanor Meadows to win their medley relay.

Other good performances came from Cameron Brooker,9, who won his butterfly race and helped the 10-year-old medley relay boys of Joshua Lancaster, Daniel Simpson and Patrick Kenny to first place.

The 11yr olds saw Danielle Kidd in good form again with P.B.'s in 50 Fly in 39.42, and 50 Free in 34.81. Zach Scanell also achieved a P.B. in the 50 Backstroke in a time of 42.43.

The 12yr olds gained maximum points from Emily Cannon, Kassidy Dawn, Lauren Jones and Rachel Cox in the Medley Relay, and also from George Longhurst in the 50 fly and Ethan Carter in the 50 Free. Unfortunately, PB's eluded them all.

The final round will be swum on Sat. Sept 10th and promises to be a very tough battle with Wycombe hoping to improve their position on previous years.

The final score at Windsor was:
1st Harrow 197
2nd Staines 'A' 193
3rd Wycombe 191
4th Maidenhead 178
5th Maxwell 'A' 155
6th Hillingdon 'B' 103

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• Coventry Level 1 Meet May 2011

Coach Vine plays the Trump Card

The standard at Coventry's May Level 1 Open Meet was extremely high and Wycombe District Swim Club did well to come away with an impressive medal haul of six gold, six silver and nine bronze medals.

Millie Sansome, 10, continued her impressive form taking three golds in the 50m freestyle, and 50m and 100m backstroke plus a silver in the 200m backstroke and a third in the 50m butterfly. In the next age group up, Lauren Jones placed first in the 50m butterfly and 3rd in 100m butterfly while Isla Currie, 12, took silver in 50m backstroke. Lara Read, 13, won silver in the 50m breastroke and Beth Hurst, 13, gained a bronze in the 50m butterfly. In the 14-year-old category Connor Lewis was a double gold medallist in the 100m and 200m butterfly and Luke Thomas produced silver in the 200m I.M and two bronze medals in the 100m butterfly and 400m freestyle, while Natasha Garry took bronze in the girls 100m freestyle and Izzy Baxter swam to silver in the 400m freestyle. Dan Manners,17, won bronze medals in the 50m breastroke and 50m freestyle.

It was a good weekend for the Cannon family with Emily, 12, gaining a bronze medal in the 50m backstroke and her 15 year old sister Katie taking silver in the 50m backstroke.

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• Wycombe Stars in their Own Pool

October Competition Report
October has been a busy month for Wycombe District Swimming Club, with an event at their own pool and a trip to Jersey for galas on two consecutive weekends.

A grand total of 95 Wycombe swimmers between the ages of 9-21 swam at their own B/C Grade Open Meet at Handy Cross and produced no less than 423 Long Course personal best times over the weekend. Among the accolades were 58 Speeding Tickets, for those who swam faster than the B Grade cut off time, 77 gold medals, 65 silver medals and 53 bronze medals.

Two 10-year-olds achieved county qualifying times for 2012 - Eleanor Meadows, 50 metres freestyle, and Naveesha Karunanakaya, 50 metres freestyle and backstroke. Other really notable performances came from Bethany Walford and Lara Reed, who gained four speeding tickets each.

Others rewarded for "speeding" were Maddie Clark, Emily Gladding, Hannah Krasner, Jennifer Lam, Madeline Turner, Owen Barratt, Josie Searle, Daniel Simpson, Hannah Summers, Amy Soanes, Abby Matthews, Kate Lees, Emily Cannon, Rebecca Hill, Fiona Gladding, Chris Harbour, Isla Currie, James Baxter, Lewis Ball, Joshua Howard, Issy Baxter, Katie Cannon and Callum Taylor.

Many of the club's youngest members were competing at their first Open Meet. Jennifer Lam, Annie Weddell, Holly Hudson, Frazer Shaw, James Lewis, Timur Gulyiyen, Harriet Pugh, Maia Gehrmann, Sanjay Babu, Ross Bagwell and Lewis Cody all went home with medals.

The following weekend, 37 swimmers and their supporters headed over the water for the 30th Annual Jersey Tigers Swim Club Open Meet.

The star for Wycombe was 11 year old Lauren Jones who won seven gold and two silver medals, breaking a 14-year-old 50m fly record in 32.7 seconds. She was deservedly named the girl swimmer in her age group. Three other Wycombe swimmers achieved this accolade - George Longhurst, 12-year-old top boy, plus Connor Lewis and Beth Hurst in the 14-year category.

Lauren's brother, Liam Jones, won the Junior skins event. Wycombe's medal haul from the three day meet was 33 gold, 27 silver and 24 bronze.

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• Jersey Tigers 30th Autumn Meet 2011

Head Coach Report
Wycombe Swimming Club had 37 swimmers making the trip to the Channel Islands for the 30th Annual Tigers Open Meet.

The star of the meet for Wycombe was 11 year old Lauren Jones who won 7 Gold and 2 Silver medals, plus breaking a 14 year old 50m fly record in 32.7 seconds. Lauren was also named Girls 11 Year Old Top Swimmer of the meet.

Wycombe also had 3 other swimmers named top swimmers in their age group - 12 year old George Longhurst, 14 year old Conner Lewis, and 14 year old Beth Hirst.

14 year old Liam Jones won the Junior skins event.

Wycombes medal haul from the three day meet was 33 Gold, 27 Silver and 24 Bronze.

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• Allan Eyles Invitation Meet 2011

Meet Report
37 Wycombe District Swimming Club members aged 9-21 took part in Reading Swimming Club's annual Invitational Allan Eyles Meet.
Between them they swam 135 events and produced a massive 104 Personal Best Times.

The star of the meet for Wycombe was 13 yr old Claire Marshall who collected GOLD in 100 Breast 136.98, 100 IM 1.25.71, 100 Fly 1.29.88, 100 Free 1.11.59, and 50 Free 33.62 and, Silver in 100 Back 1.26.69, all personal best times.

Other GOLD's went to 9yr JOSHUA LANCASTER in 100 Free and 100 Back, MADDIE CLARK in 50 Free, HANNAH KRASNER in 100 Back, DANIEL SIMPSON in 100 Breaststroke, PATRICK KENNY in 50 Free, 10yr LIAM DUDLEY in 100 IM, 11yr HANNAH SUMMERS in 100 IM, ZACH SCANNELL in 100 Free, 15yr GEORGE HUNTER in 100 and 50 Free, 17yr CHARLOTTE BRILL-EDWARDS in 100 Breaststroke, 21yr TOM HOUSE in 100 IM, 100 Breaststroke and 100 Back. All these GOLD medals were in P.B. Times.

SILVER MEDALS went to 9yr Daniel Simpson x3, Eleanor Meadows, Joshua Lancaster, 10yr LIAM DUDLEY, 11yr Ayodele Evanson x3, Zach Scannell, Amy Soanes, Kate Lees, 15yr George Hunter, 21yr Tom House.

BRONZE Medals to 9yr Daniel Simpson, Joshua Lancaster x 2, 10yr George Mann, 11yr Spencer Green, Hattie Manners, Ayodele Evanson, 12yr Samuel Gay, 13yr Rachel Murdoch x2.

Eleven 4th place awards to those who got Medals as well as Connor Dawn and Laura Bromley. 5th Place awards to Erin Bailey, Tom Ross x2, Daniel Anstey, Charlotte Anderson. 6th Place awards to Katie Piercy and Charlotte Hole.

TEN SPEEDING TICKETS were awarded to 9yr Eleanor Meadows, 50 free in 39.59, 10yr Liam Dudley 100 free in 1.21.99, 11yr Alex Dust 50 Free in 36.66, Bethany Walford 50 Free in 35.84, Kassidy Dawn 50 Free in 35.81, Kate Lees 100 Back in 1.27.25, Oliver Ross 100 Fly in 1.28.91, Zach Scannell 50 Free, 17-18yr Charlotte Brill-Edwards 32.81, Madeline Harris 30.86, ALL IN P.B. TIMES.

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• South East Swimming Regional Championships 2011

28th - 29th May 2011 Results
Some 90 swimming clubs from the south east region sent swimmers to take part in these championships.

All of the Wycombe swimmers taking part acredited themselves very well with Millie Sansome being the outstanding swimmer for the club in the first weekend of the championships by taking a bronze medal in the girls 10 years 100m backstroke in a time of 1.20.9 which was a four second PB.

Millie also came 17th in the girls 10 years 200m I.M.

Wycombes other swimmers places were:
Connor Lewis 9th 14 year boys 200m free, 9th 200m Back, 10th 100m Free All in PB times
Lauren Jones 5th 11 year girls 100m fly also in a PB time
Luke Thomas 15th 14 year boys 200m Breastroke
Beth Hurst 18th 13 year girls 100m Fly, 20th girls 400m Free
Imogen Shepherd 22nd 13 year girls 400m Free, 15th 800m Free
Liam Jones 19th 14 year boys 100m free, 18th 200m free, 27th 200m back
Finally George Longhurst 13th Boys 12 years 400m I.M , 23rd boys 200m free
The next round of the South East Championships will take place at Crawley on the 11th/12th June.

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• Wycombe Swimmer Achieves National Time

Success for Jess Brock

Wycombe swimmer Jess Brock, 16, booked her place at this year's National Championships by achieving a qualifying time at the recent South East Region Swimming Championships in Crawley. She made the 200m backstroke final in a long course personal best time of 2.25.9 and will head to the Ponds Forge Pool in Sheffield at the end of July to compete against the best swimmers in the country. She also finished 9th in the 400m freestyle in a personal best time. Other Wycombe swimmers at the gala were Fiona Shaw, Josh Lewis, Natasha Garry, Izzy Baxter and Rory House.

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• Milton Keynes Junior League 2011

Final Round Report
Wycombe District Top Junior Swimmers travelled to Barnet Copthall to swim in the A Final of the Milton Keynes & District Junior League.

With 2 key 10 yr boys out with injuries and 2 girls off sick we knew it was going to be tough. However Wycombe Juniors age 9 to 12 swam very well producing 18 Individual PB's and 4 1st places, securing maximum points.

The stars on the night were 9 yr CAMERON BROOKER - 1st in 25m Butterfly in 17.00, a PB. 10 yr JOSIE SEARLE - 50m Breaststroke in 43.33, her 1st PB. 12 yr GEORGE LONGHURST - 1st in 50m Butterfly in 32.84. ETHAN CARTER - 1st in 50 Free in 29.13, a PB. LAUREN JONES - 1st in 50 Free in 30.34.

Others who produced excellent swims were 9yr Hannah Krasner, Emily Gladding, Jennifer Lam and Luke Brune.

10yr Millie Sansome and Patrick Kenny, 11yr Danielle Kidd and Tom Lundie-Sadd, and 12 yr Hannah Summers all achieved Personal Best Times.

The final result put Wycombe in 4th place which was 1 up on the last 2 years!

Hillingdon 1st
Teddington 2nd
Ealing 3rd
Wycombe 4th
Staines 5th
Harrow 6th

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• South East Regional Championships 2011

11th - 12th June Results

On the second weekend of the Regional Championships, 14 year old Connor Lewis was the outstanding swimmer for Wycombe Swimming Club, gaining a silver medal and a national qualifying time of 1.02.34 in the 100m butterfly enabling him to attend the National Age Group Championships later this year in Sheffield. He also came 8th in the 200m I.M in a personnal best time of 2.26.00 and also 4th in the 200m butterfly in a time of 2.23.00.

The other Wycombe swimmer with an outstanding swim was 12 year old George Longhurst also in the 100m butterfly in a personal best time of 1.12.10 which placed him 6th in the event.

George also placed 16th in the boys 400m freestyle and 19th in the boys 200m I.M.

Mille Sansome in the 10 year age group had another good weekend placing 11th in the 100m freestyle, and 8th in the 200m backstroke.

Luke Thomas placed 22nd in the 14 year boys 200m I.M and 21st in the boys 100m butterfly.

Liam Jones in the boys 14 years 200m I.M placed 18th whilst 11 year old Hannah Summers placed 12th in the girls 200m breastroke.

Lastly 11 year old Lauren Jones placed 16th in the girls 100m freestyle.

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• Milton Keynes Open Meet 2011

Wycombe swimmers achieve 42-medal haul

Wycombe District Swimming Club took a small group of competitors to the Milton Keynes Open Meet at the weekend and came away with a total of 17 gold, 12 silver and 13 bronze medals. 10-year-old Millie Sansome was the outstanding Wycombe swimmer of the meet winning six gold medals and a bronze, achieving numerous regional times in the process.. In the same age group, Josie Searle took a gold and a bronze while Isabel Shea gained one bronze.

In the 11-year-old category, Rachel Cox raced to a medal of each colour, while Megan Peters and Lauren Jones gained one gold each. Hannah Summers earned herself one silver and one bronze and Kassidy Dawn took a bronze.

12-year-old Isla Currie gained one gold then in the next age group up Sarah Collins received two golds, while Beth Hurst took two silvers and a bronze. In the 15-plus category Katie Cannon won two silvers while Jess Brock and Charlie Messenger collected bronze medals.

Moving on to the boys, Ollie Ross, 10, scooped two golds and a silver, while George Longhurst, 12, swam to three silvers and a bronze. Liam Jones, 13, continued his winning streak with two golds, plus a silver and a bronze. In the same age group, Chris Harbour took a silver and a bronze and Josh Howard gained one bronze.

In the boys 15-year-old category, Dan Manners and Cameron Roberts both gained bronze medals.

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• Barnet Copthall

Distance Development Meet 2011

Many of the swimmers who took part in the Thames Valley Junior League on Saturday, 15th January 2011, were in action again in a Distance Development Meet at Barnet Copthall Swimming Club on Sunday morning and afternoon.


Twenty one 9 to 12yr olds produced 33 Personal Best Times from 39 Swims!

Four new County Qualifying Times were achieved by 12yr EDDIE KILLALEA in the 400 I.M. and Freestyle, taking GOLD and BRONZE. 11yr LAUREN JONES in the 400 Free taking BRONZE, and 10yr OLIVER ROSS in the 400 Free, also taking BRONZE.

Other medallists included 12yr JAMES BAXTER for the 200 I.M. which saw him take the SILVER medal, and 10yr AMY SOANES in the 400 I.M. winning BRONZE.

There was exceptional improvement from 11yr KATE LEES and REBECCA HILL, and 12 yr LARA REED.

Next weekend a squad of 63 Wycombe Swimmers will be competing in the Maxwell S.C. Level 2 Open Meet at the Aqua Vale pool in Aylesbury.

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• Milton Keynes Junior League 2011 - Round 1

Round 1 Report

A team of 33 excited Junior Wycombe District Swimmers boarded the coach at Handy Cross for Barnet on Saturday, June 4th, where they took part in the first round of the Milton Keynes and District Junior League 2011. This is the first of three rounds with clubs aiming to progress to the area final and ultimately the National Final.

Wycombe swimmers proved they are up for the challenge on Saturday by beating four other teams - unfortunately Linslade Crusaders team failed to turn up!

Each of the four age groups produced some star performances for Wycombe, with the nine-year-olds setting the standard with gold for Emily Gladding, Hannah Krasner, Erin Bailey and gala debutant Jennifer Lam in their 4x25 medley relay. Not to be outdone, the boys won both their freestyle & medley relays with great swims from James Lewis, Luke Brune and Thomas Gulian, all swimming for Wycombe for the first time, alongside Tom Ross and Cameron Brooke. They stormed to victory 10 seconds faster than last year's nine-year-old medley team! Individual winners were Emily Gladding in backstroke, and Cameron Brooker in breaststroke.

The 10-year-olds continued the winning form with medley relay wins for both the girls - Maddie Clark, Josie Searle, Millie Sansome and Eleanor Meadows - and boys - Jonathan Jelfs, Cameron Brooker, Joshua Lancaster and Patrick Kenny. Individual first places were claimed by Josie Searle in breaststroke, Millie Sansome in backstroke and freestyle and Jonathan Jelfs in backstroke and freestyle.

There were no first places for the 11-year-olds but Danielle Kidd and Lilly Bogdanyi-Miller achieved personal best times in their individual races.

The 12-year-olds secured relay victories in the boy's medley - Tom Lundie-Sadd, George Longhurst, Ethan Carter and Jack Cox - and the girls freestyle team - Emily Cannon, Megan Peters, Rachel Cox and Lauren Jones. Individual wins went to Emily Cannon in butterfly, Kassidy Dawn in breaststroke, George Longhurst in both of those strokes and Ethan Carter in freestyle and backstroke.

The finale to the gala is the exciting "Squadron Relay", involving a boy and girl from each age group. A very close fought battle saw Wycombe just pipped into second place. The final leaderboard had Wycombe at the top with 236 points, followed by Harrow, Maidenhead, Hillingdon B then St Ives. Round two takes place on July 2nd and as yet we do not know the draw but it is likely to be much tougher for Wycombe!

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• Wycombe Level 1 Open Meet 2011

Mick Wakely's Report

Some 50 plus clubs from England and Wales took part in the recent Wycombe Level 1 Open Meet. This was to include 54 swimmers from Wycombe and District Swimming Club.

After the two day meet the City of Leicester S.C ended up on an aggregate points system as top club.

The Wycombe swimmers competed against some top opposition and produced some excellent swims gaining 16 gold, 21 silver and 18 bronze places.

The medallists were:
9 year old Josie Searle 50m Breast in a meet best time of 46.76. She also gained silver in the 50m Fly and bronze in the 50m Back.
10 year old Millie Sansome, gold in the 50m and 100m Back, silver in the 200m Back and Bronze in the 50m Free.
10 year old Oliver Ross, gold in the 400m I.M., Silver in the 200m Breast, and bronze in the 200m I.M. and 200m Fly.
13 Year old Luke Thomas, gold in the 50m Breast, silver in the 100m breast and 100m back, and bronze in the 200m breast, 50m back and 200m I.M.
14 Year Connor Lewis, gold in the 100m and 200m Fly
15 year old Tessa Hart, gold in the 50m Breast, and bronze in the 50m fly and 100m breast.
16 year old Jess Brock, gold in the 100m fly, silver in the 50, 100 and 200m Back, 50,100 and 200m Free, 50m fly and 200m I.M.
16 year old Fiona Shaw, gold in the 50m free, silver in the 400m free and bronze in the 100 and 200m free and 100m fly.
17 year old Joe Ruler gold in the 50 and 100m Back, silver in the 50m breast and bronze in the 50m and 100m free.
17 year old Cameron Roberts, gold in the 200m and 400m free, silver in the 100m free and 50m fly.
17 year old Matt Ansty, gold in the 100m breast.

Other medals were awarded to:
11 year olds Lauren Jones and Ethan Carter
13 years Liam Jones
16 years Dan Hobart
12 year old George Longhust
15 year old Josh Lewis

Wycombe also had a lot of swimmers just outside the medals in fourth place positions. These were:
10 years Abby Matthews
11 years Fiona Gladding, Hannah Summers, Cassidy Dawn,
12 years Isla Currie, James Baxter,
13 years Natasha Garry, James Ansty and Sarah Collin

All in all, another successful weekend for the Wycombe swimmers.

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• Morgyn Steals the Show

Morgyn Peters shines at the National Disability Swimming Championships in Sheffield.
Fourteen year old Morgyn Peters 'stole the show' at the National Disability Swimming Championships in Sheffield last weekend.

He won four silver medals, two bronze and had four personal bests too!

Despite his young age, he broke the British Record in the 50m backstroke in a time of 30.23 seconds only to see it broken once more by a 21 year old swimmer in the next heat!

Morgyn, who lives in Beaconsfield and is a former pupil of the Royal Grammar School, is currently at Millfield in Somerset training for the 2012 Paralympic Games. He is also a member of Wycombe and District Swimming Club where he trains during the holidays.

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• Thames Valley Junior League 2011

Round 1 Results

Wycombe District Swimming Club had a very busy weekend, starting with the annual Presentation Evening on Friday. This was the best attended ever with the majority of our 200+ swimmers and their parents in attendance to collect their Club Championship awards and top Age group trophies. This was followed by a lively disco!

Saturday evening saw the 9 to 12 year old up and coming swimmers take part in Round 1 of the local Thames Valley Junior League. Swimming at Reading, the team of ten 9 and under's, eight 10yr olds, six 11 yr olds (2 of whom are still 10 and eight 12yr olds swam 18 Personal Best times from 24 individual swims.

New County Qualifying Times were acheived by 10 yr ISABELLE SHEA in the 50 Backstroke, 11yr LAUREN TORLEY in the 50 Backstroke, 12yr JASMINE BOFFIN in the 50 Backstroke and 50 Butterfly, and 12 yr EDDIE KILLALEA in the 50 Freestyle.

The 9 year old boys Team of JOSHUA LANCASTER, TOM ROSS, CAMERON BROOKER and PATRICK KENNY stormed home to victory in their 4x25m Medley relay.

Wycombe finished in 2nd place behind Amersham 'A' and in front of Reading, Chalfont and Slough.

Round 2 will be swam on 5th February.

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